The Lapeer County, Michigan Sheriff’s Mounted Unit announced on Sunday that one of their horses died as a result of a predatory coyote attack over the weekend. The horse’s owner, Lapeer County Sheriff Deputy Kallie Meyers, had been keeping the animal in a paddock near a barn on her property. On Sunday afternoon, a pack of five to six coyotes charged onto Meyers’ property and managed to bring the mare down before the owners were able to intervene by releasing their dogs on the predators.

Meyers’ dogs were eventually able to chase the pack off the property, but the horse’s injuries from the attack were too severe and it had to be put down.

“They came in the yard to get our horse,” Bruce Meyers wrote on Facebook. “Within 70 feet of the house. Our dogs went to help, managed to chase them off but one dog is chewed up, others have only a few scratches and minor punctures.”

It was not the first time that the predators have encroached upon the Meyers’ farm in Oxford Township. Kallie Meyers explained that coyotes have killed several farm animals on her property in the past.

“It’s been escalating over the last year,” Meyer told WXYZ.

Meyers previously kept chickens and ducks around the farm but says that she gave up on raising smaller animals after the coyote attacks. She never thought a fully-grown horse would become such easy prey, however. The 27-year-old mare, named K.O. Carmen, had been with the family since the horse was six years old. The animal was being kept to train younger horses with the mounted unit. At the time of the attack, K.O. Carmen was being kept apart from the other horses and was feeding on grain less than 20 feet away from the barn.

“It could have been a kid or adult,” Lt. Bruce Osmon, head of the mounted unit, told MLive.com.

Reports of coyotes attacking large animals in broad daylight are troubling to biologists. Coyotes are known for being shy around humans, and usually limit their hunts to smaller animals at night. In Michigan, it is legal to shoot or trap coyotes year-round on private property and there is no bag limit during regular seasons. Wildlife experts noted that humans and larger animals usually have very little to fear from coyotes.

“If you make a lot of noise and wave your arms, they are going to run,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician Jon Curtis. “Usually when they see humans, they’ll book it.”

Like the Meyers, some rural residents and farmers keep guard dogs to keep coyotes away from their property. Wildlife officials say the best way to avoid coyote predation is to keep easily-accessible food out of reach and to invest in coyote-proof barriers.

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20 thoughts on “Michigan Sheriff Deputy’s Horse Put Down Following Coyote Attack

  1. It’s a terrible story. I’m sorry for the folks who lost their horse, they are highly intelligent animals with a true service heart. Coyotes and wolves are a huge drain on the balance of wild prey. Any of you animal rights idiots gonna speak up? How ’bout ‘the coyotes were just doing what coyotes do’. Or maybe you’ll say how it ‘proves how discerning they are since they identified the horse as being very old, and weak, therefore ‘natures stewards’ did what they do’. Or those damn humans shouldn’t have put up their farm right in the middle of the coyotes habitat. They were proven to be a scourge many times over throughout history, and this stupid claim that they (and wolves) are just misunderstood needs to end. I will take care of any vermin I see in defense of my life and property, with much prejudice.

    1. Yup. They’re coyotes, and they’re doing what predators do. There is nothing *wrong* with that. You’re making an emotional plea about something that’s been around sucessfully for thousands of years, and has been scientifically proven to be very useful in keeping the smaller animal populations in check (and the multitude of benefits that causes).

      That being said, there’s also nothing wrong with removing nuisance animals either. For proper game management to happen predators as well as deer (ect..) need to be hunted. The difference is, removing a troublesome pack like this, doesn’t cause an entire species to go extinct.

      /has coyotes come through the yard periodically.

      1. No one said extinct. You guys say that every time. They tried very hard many years ago and were only able to bring them to a ‘manageable’ population. The little critters’ population did not overrun the habitat. There are plenty of other predators to handle game management. Me included, why do we have to allow more of those things to just kill more game? Why do you think the coyote management laws allow for indiscriminate hunting with no limits? They are extremely prolific and detrimental to game populations. Also to domestic animals that happen to be loved and a part of peoples’ lives as part of their family. But what does that matter right?

      2. You’re trying very hard to start a fight that no one else is joining.

        Nobody has an issue with managing predators along with other game animals. Especially if they are causing depredation of livestock or pets. That’s how things work in America.

        That doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate their role in the wild or enjoy having them around as a species.

        I’m going to ignore the “I can be the predator instead of them” because that’s just silly. You’re not going to spend the vast majority of your life hunting everything from deer down to mice to feed yourself.

      3. Oh, you are a pip, you are. Feel better being an a $$? Good. It suits you.
        I understand your point, Max. Loud and clear.

      4. I’m not asking anyone to join. Im talking to you. It does seem like you were calling for reinforcement, however. And the loon did. You’ve shifted your argument which is what liberal progressives do when they are wrong. Also comes the smokescreen of intimidation and the Saul Alinskey (sp? You would know) tactics of deflect, deny, and defame. Then ‘close out’ any argument, by ‘ignoring’ the opposition, as if you have the moral high ground and there is no opposition worth your attention (pompous ass). Get others to start attacking, that way you aren’t as obvious for not knowing what you are talking about. The only reason I don’t feed myself by strictly harvesting wild game is the laws don’t allow for it. Subsistence hunting is illegal in most cases. Also protecting the births in spring, and avoiding the parasites of summer. As far as mice are concerned there are tons of other animals to take care of them. Besides coyotes really dont “hunt” them. They won’t pass one up if they have the chance, but it isn’t something they set out for. They would much rather not work that hard for calories. And you can enjoy your fantasies about them all you want. No one is stopping you. But, what you should not do is impose your emotionalism on others. Especially when it is so unfounded. These are not noble animals in anyway. They should not be extincted, but the populations are now irretrievable. There are so many now that we will never bring them even remotely close to a ‘manageable’ level. There simply isn’t enough people to do the job. Those who imposed this know this. They are trying to impact the balance so much that by law the only predators removed would be the hunters.

    2. Wow
      I bet u also quote bible verses to justify whatever u want to do, fly your flag proudly and believe there is no such thing as rape.

      1. If you’ve been raped, I’m sorry there are scumbags in this world that would do that. You should seek out help. There are many safe places to talk with someone who can help you. This commentary doesn’t have anything to do with the subject in this debate. That was quite a stretch too, because I don’t do whatever I want to do. It is legal to kill and sell coyotes. Also, there is in our constitution a built in protection for freedom of religion, and freedom of speech (which you exercised in a strange way). So get of my back if I do or don’t believe in God, or use scripture (not bible quotes, duh) to reinforce my reasoning. Maybe you should give it a try. In America no one will condemn you for it, will they?

  2. What your reading is not the entire story of what really happened…Many times a few days later the real story comes out.. The horse was very old and isolated, the horse fell down on the ice and could not get up because of its condition..Coyotes sense when a animal is in trouble and they not doublt will take advantage of a meal..They are predators like us…I totally understand the feelings for the old horse. But maybe it should of been taken better care of due to conditons and knowing that coyotes were around…The landowners had many problems with them. Well then, there are trappers, predator hunters that could take care the the coyotes…
    Welcome those people who do that if you have a situtation that warrants it…

    1. Thank you for adding this–now it makes total sense why the coyotes went after the horse. It isn’t that they were being awful–this is the role of predators in the wild–removing weakened animals from herds. If that horse had been living wild her own herd could/would have pushed her out to keep the rest safe. Do I like it on the emotional level, no! Why did that family leave the horse alone so it was stuck on the ice? Probably very busy and hadn’t noticed. I’m not going to blame any of the creatures in this situation.

  3. My son-in-law has a large Pit bull and a very large lab that patrol our land several times daily and as a result we can have free range chickens with no problem!
    Without them we couldn’t have any chickens at all, even the ones in the pen!

  4. Coyotes are in no danger of ever becoming endangered. They’re one of the most adaptable animals there is along with being very prolific. There are few cities or towns in the U.S.A. that don’t have a healthy population of them, along with other predators such as bobcats, wild dogs, bears, and even mountain lions. I’ve got a friend that lives in the suburbs of Houston,Texas that contacted me not long ago with a predator problem. She had a small group of sheep with about the same number of goats in small pasture in the back of her house. When she called she said that “something” had killed three goats and hadn’t eaten them but had torn their throats and slashed their stomachs open. When I was able to get out there a couple days later there was one more goat and another sheep dead. The one good thing that had happened was that it had rained pretty good and I could tell by the tracks just what I was dealing with. I really wasn’t that surprised because the thought had already run through my mind. The tracks showed that a female mountain lion and one or two cub’s had done the killing. The reason was as simple as she was teaching them how to hunt, that was the reason that they hadn’t fed but you could see on the carcasses where they had licked blood from the wounds. The entire bunch of animals were eventually killed before myself or the T.P.& W.D.’s professional hunter could stop them. They weren’t sick or injured ,they were simply a lesson. As I said,none of these predators are endangered because some version of this story takes place all too often. Predator hunting is an essential tool that we need to keep and protect.

  5. I live on the west coast, on an island. The coyotes that we have here are small, probably being separated from the mainland for so long. Not only do they attack small animals here, they love to pack up, come very near a house (in my case, no more than twenty feet) and howl like devils to coerce my dog or any other toward them for easy pickings. I do not doublt how dangerous that they can be. I am so sorry about this loss, horrible.

  6. Story lacks proof. This isn’t normal coyote behavior. A further, educated investigation into the incident would be tremendously helpful.

    1. I totally agree. The facts about this story have unfortunately been ommitted. The story has been reported by the owner and there are several important elements that are needed to derive more of the truth. Ask anyone in the area about this matter and you will learn more. Neighbors are more fearful of the woman reporting this story than they are of the coyotes who I daresay have been scapegoated.

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