Ok it’s one coyote and it’s on the other side of the island. According to the local paper, there have been confirmed sightings by a local farmer of an actual coyote here on Martha’s Vineyard.
This would be a first. We don’t have them here. The question is then how did it get here? And does it have any friends? It’s a long swim. Skunks were brought here as a joke and are now prolific and a pest. I hope that no one would do that with a coyote.
Raccoons are the biggest wild predator we have. They can take out a chicken coop but, not a herd of sheep or the family dog or cat. Then again maybe the new guy will take care of some of the turkey population. Or maybe he could do something about all the rabbits carrying Pneumonic Tularemia. Yes it’s an actual disease. Probably not. He will go for the sheep and the other small farm animals and that is what everyone is worried about. Let’s hope he is alone and does not go forth and multiply.