Greyhounds are calm, gentle dogs, but they’re also pretty efficient killers.
Hunting coyotes with greyhounds goes back generations. President Theodore Roosevelt did so on this land, about 70 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, in the early 1900s. It remains largely a regional pursuit that is part of the area’s lore.
Ranchers and farmers have long viewed coyotes as pests because they kill livestock. Yet hunting coyotes with greyhounds — all members of the Canidae family — is banned in some states, including Washington and Colorado. Some animal-rights groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, say it is inhumane, for coyotes and for greyhounds.
Do Greyhounds kill coyotes?
To subdue a coyote, the greyhounds often nip its back leg to sever a hamstring. Then they go for the kill by biting the neck. Hunters often leave coyote carcasses behind. Judy Paulsen, the director of Greyhound Companions of New Mexico, said she had seen the damage coyote hunting could do.
What breed of dog will kill coyotes?
Greyhounds are ideal for hunting coyotes as they have the innate hunting instinct to chase and seize fleeing creatures. When it comes to hunting, you need a dog that is quick and can run for miles. A Greyhound does just that. Greyhounds are generally known as racing dogs but they can also be used as hunting dogs.
Is a coyote faster than a greyhound?
A greyhound can run approximately 45 miles per hour, while a coyote can only run about 37.
What time of day are coyotes most active?
When are coyotes most active? Coyotes are not strictly nocturnal. They may be observed during the day, but are generally more active after sunset and at night. You may see and hear coyotes more during mating season (January – March) and when the young are dispersing from family groups (October – January).