"Several years ago I met a rich man who owned 3 farms in Newton County, Ga. He had cattle on each farm but his money was not in them. He had bought 10 franchises of a popular restaurant chain. During our conversation he told me that Coyotes had killed 10 of his calves in one pasture. I told him I could trap the Coyotes out and save his calves and him a lot of Money for a reasonable price. But he refused.
In Reality, he was providing the resident coyotes a major feeding station on his properties, but he did not care. I am thinking to myself why in the world do you even have cattle on these properties at all? Yes, you are a multi millionaire but you are losing MONEY hand over fist to these Predators. About a year after that encounter, he died and to my knowledge, his son has done nothing to curb the slaughter. These coyotes have been feeding on his cattle for 10-15 years or more!!
Imagine how much money he had lost, hundreds of thousands of dollars no doubt. It was OKAY for Coyotes to kill all of his calves but it was NOT OKAY to pay me a reasonable fee to dramatically improve the profit margin of the bottom line of his Investment. In my mind, this man felt no Moral Duty to protect his Livestock. In essence, it was animal abuse and he should never have had cattle in the first place.
Do people just not care anymore about the Livestock they own. Yes, they can file a claim with the Feds for reimbursement for a particular animal killed by Predators, but they will never see the tens of thousands of dollars in revenue that the Bull or Heifer and it's Generations would have produced. That is the problem, people are not looking at the detrimental long term effects of Predation on their herds from a Business Standpoint, and it is costing each one a TON of MONEY!"
Just one pair of Coyotes who have discovered how easy it is to kill newborn calves can financially devastate a Livestock Operation. I hope each Livestock owner that reads this takes a serious look at his own operation. Since coyotes prefer to kill newborn calves and drag them into thick cover to feed, a livestock owner doesn't know EXACTLY how many calves the coyotes are killing or how much money he is losing."
The Author, Tim Ivey, is a:
Georgia State Certified Nuisance Wildlife Trapper
President-Eastern Wolfers Wildlife Management, LLC.
Writer of Numerous Wildlife Management and Coyote Predation Articles