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Protecting your animals is one of your most important and difficult tasks as a farmer.
Of course you want them to be safe both for your livelihood and their own well-being.
Coyotes are one of the most dangerous predators for farm animals like sheep, goats, chickens, horses and more.
So, how do you protect your animals from such ruthless predators?
Many farms employ llamas as guardian animals. But, do llamas keep coyotes away? Are llamas a good investment for your farm or homestead?
Today, we’re going to explore these questions and help you determine if purchasing a llama is right for your situation.
Llamas are natural protectors.
While many people use llamas for their wool and meat, farmers have begun using llamas for a different purpose: guardian animals.
Llamas naturally bond with herd animals like sheep and goats.
Once they form ties with other animals in the fields, llamas work hard to keep them safe from predators.
Llamas are very alert, watchful creatures, which is exactly what you want in a guardian animal.
Coyotes will think twice about coming near the herd upon seeing a llama in their midst.
Why are llamas a good choice to prevent coyote attacks?
Llamas naturally detest dogs. While they can be trained to get along with your friendly farm dog, they will not put up with coyotes.
As natural enemies, llamas and coyotes do not mix. Llamas are most determined to keep coyotes out of the fields and away from other animals near them.
How do llamas protect against coyotes?
When llamas notice a coyote or another predator lurking nearby, they immediately shift to a posture that signals danger to the rest of the group.
This gives nearby animals a chance to move into a formation that protects the weakest members of the herd and to take shelter if available.
Coyotes will not go unnoticed under the watchful eyes of a llama!
Next, llamas sound the alarm that there is danger nearby.
As soon as llamas spot a coyote, they let out a shrill cry that can be heard all across the property.
Perhaps it serves as a warning to coyotes to stay away, or maybe it alerts farmers to danger.
Either way, it helps protect your herds.
Once the llama alerts you to the presence of a coyote, you can react and protect your animals before any harm comes to them.
Llamas also charge coyotes. If a coyote dares to come close to the herd, llamas quickly show them that they are unwelcome.
Have you ever seen a llama charge? It’s quite an intimidating sight! Coyotes are well aware that llamas aren’t afraid to put up a fight.
Even if a coyote has not encountered a llama previously, they’ll quickly learn that they do not stand a chance in a battle with such strong, protective creatures.
Once a llama decides to charge, a coyote is counted lucky if they’re able to get away before the llama reaches them.
Llamas can be ferocious animals that are not afraid to use their strong legs and hooves. They can kick and stomp very powerfully.
Llamas have even been known to injure and kill coyotes!
So, if a coyote does reach the flock, you can be sure that a llama will kick, stomp, and screech the animal away.
Coyotes are lucky to make it out of an encounter with a llama alive. If they are so fortunate to survive a llama fight, they won’t be likely to meet one again.
Do llamas keep coyotes away?
A llama is an investment just like every other animal on the farm, and you want to make sure that your purchase will have a good rate of return!
So, do llamas work against coyotes? As we discussed earlier, llamas are natural protectors and enemies of coyotes.
While llamas will work hard to defend the herd, they are not a cure-all solution to coyotes.
A single coyote will most likely be scared away by a llama before they can do an yharm, but what about a pack of coyotes?
A pack of coyotes is an entirely different beast than a lone coyote looking for its next meal.
As opposed to a single coyote, a pack of coyotes may not be afraid of a llama in the middle of a field.
If they see an opportunity for a kill, the pack mentality will not be deterred by a llama.
Your animals will be more protected than they would be if a coyote was not present, but you will need to take extra measures to keep them safe.
In conclusion, a llama can be very effective in protecting animals against coyotes.
However, you need to be prepared for circumstances in which a llama cannot be expected to carry the full weight of protecting other animals.
The best way to keep coyotes away is to remove the temptation to come onto your property and to take precautions to protect your animals.
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