Originally Posted by rockin'robin
I live in a neighborhood, and built a backstop of firewood in case I missed with the air rifle. The air rifle is very silent. My neighbors don't hear it (they know I do this, I gave them a heads up - they have been finding rats in their homes).
I can legally do this the way I am doing it now. If a coyote came on my property, I would prefer a .22 magnum, which is very loud, so that isn't an option. It is also a firearm, and I cannot legally discharge a firearm on my property (unless self defense). That is why I recommended a high powered air rifle. It is legal - for me - to shoot an air rifle on my property, as long as the pellet does not leave my property (why I have a backstop).
I have a friend who owns a farm on nearly 200 acres. He can legally discharge a firearm to protect his livestock. However, his wife does not want him owning one (he has bears and two small children). So, I had to "chat" with them both about my area having coyotes.
They have coyotes too. They have been taking his roosters/chickens. His children take hiking trips through heavily forested trails. So, after my chat (it was very friendly) he is getting a .45 and a rifle.
You will never see a coyote until it is right up at you. They are natural predators. They will take small children. They are very smart creatures and know where you are and even study your daily schedule.
Now, a bear will give you some warning. A coyote ... never. They are very deft predators.
That is why I am trying to figure a way for whatdidyousay to defend against a coyote (and it has been mentioned they are there).