Commonwealth Journal

May 16, 2013

Howling Success

Rifle shot out-foxes coyote which had a taste for beef

by Bill Mardis
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

“It liked to scared Ol’ Blue to death. He came running in the house with his tail tucked between his legs.”
Wayne Adams was talking about his dog getting backed down by a coyote out at his place on Pitman Creek, off Ky. 192.
Ol’ Blue was no match for a coyote. Blue apparently thought a good run is better than a bad stand so he headed to the house.
“I shot at the coyote, but I missed,” said Adams. He was using a .22 Winchester Magnum but it was dark outside.
Adams got a better shot at a coyote this past Monday when the animal came to the place where one of his calves had been killed.
“I had a calf go missing,” said Adam. “I went up in the field and found it; most of it had been eaten.”
At the time, Adams wasn’t sure what had killed the calf. It was one of four calves that have disappeared from his farm.
“I went up there between 1 and 1:30 Monday afternoon and sat down and waited.” said Adams. “It wasn’t long until a coyote came straight to the dead calf.”
This time Adams didn’t miss. He brought the carcass to the Commonwealth Journal for a photograph.
Killing coyotes is old hat to Adams. “I’ve lived here for 30 some years and I think this is 22 coyotes I’ve killed,” he said.
Coyotes, traditionally associated with western Big Sky Country, began moving into Kentucky during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The first coyote reported killed in Pulaski County was in the Plato community.
Since then, coyotes have become numerous, sometimes in urban areas. A family of coyotes lived on Hail Knob in Somerset several years ago. The animals would come out at night and sniff around garbage cans. 
Neighbors in the Hail Knob area could hear occasional howling. It is not unusual for coyotes to howl at night, especially during the fall when family groups break up, and in late winter when coyotes pair up and mate.
Distinctive in appearance, coyotes have pointed noses, pointed ears that always stand erect, and fluffy tails, typically held low.
Males can weigh of to 50 pounds, but most coyotes are smaller. Adams said the coyote he killed on Pitman Creek last Monday weighed 40 pounds.
Coyotes are not protected. The animals may be taken year-round by licensed hunters or trapped for furs during winter.