One howl is worth a thousand words!! Thank you, Brian! I remember the first time I heard the wolves howl up in Sunlight Basin – working for the Forest Service. The kid with me asked me if that sound was coyotes – no – definitely wolves – it gives you shivers.
I have not seen any scientific evidence to that, but it is a technique that old time hunters used to use to keep predators away from their animals when they could not get them out of the woods after a kill.
I would say in a populated area that a coyote would probably be pretty conditioned to human smells, so if your are talking about the area you live in, I don’t know that it would be very effective..
Barb……..I have heard from a number of sources who have encountered traps, that pissing on them will keep wildlife and pets away. Lots of these traps are set for coyotes, so my guess is that human urine will deter coyotes…
I have heard, from some wolf management professionals, that it is possible to “foul a den” by defecating and urinating all around it – after which point a mother wolf/coyote would return and move her pups to another location. I would imagine that such a tactic would be successful nearly anywhere, especially specific objects or small sites.
I have seen coyotes in my area, semi inhabited by humans, smell and mark and re-mark piles of snow that are in their “main route of travel”…
I don’t know, my place in Montana was only equipped with an outhouse so the guys used to do their stand up business on the trees and it never really seemed to affect the coyotes from coming in and checking things out..though it would be interesting to see if there is anything to it…
I know for a fact it doesn’t work on bears. A few years back I shot a bull, quartered him up and bagged him then went to get the pack frames. I did the stand up business all around and left my coat, pack, etc. over the bags. We went to ge the pack frames and was gone maybe a little over an hour, by the time we got back to make our first trip out a bear had gotten into two bags, one wihthe loins, and the other the filet meat, he or she left the quarters alone. We only lost about 15 lbs. of meat and I still do this stand up business, but, it doesn’t always work.
St. Clair linked to some photos I posted as illustration on the local custom & culture – a rancher in Carey took photos of himself awhile back – he had slaughtered a wolf and had a shit-eatin’ grin while holding it’s gory carcass next to his ATV. It made it’s way to my inbox then WWP’s blog – then Counterpunch, then a lot of places.
Maybe I’ll write up an article on recent happenings with wolves or wild sheep and submit it to Counterpunch – somebody should and I’m tired of waiting for someone else.. maybe he’ll post it.
otherwise email him with the web-address of this post/video and suggest it if you like – he seems pretty cool with things like that.