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  •  I live in a situation where we too have to (1+ / 0-)
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    occasionally deal with feral dogs, and animal control, does their best, but only one guy to cover a vast expanse. So far, we haven't had to deal with any rabid animals [knock on wood]. That must be way scarier given the pathogen issue.

    We don't all live in regular neighborhoods, or apartment buildings. Nor would I want to. In fact I wish I lived further out into the boonies and had a larger piece of land.

    Friendly dogs get put on a lead and placed in the front yard for pick up by animal control, if they lack proper tags--tags mean I can call the owner. Mean dogs that menace and charge us, get something else if they don't run off after that first confrontation.

    I don't like it, but I have kids that deserve to play in their yard without fear of being mauled. I deserve to tend my garden and fruit trees without being mauled or chased as well.

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      I cover 50 acres of field and forest which includes a large cave entrance. Lost hunting dogs are easy to return to owners. Large abandoned former pets and doys (half dog, half coyote, no fear of humans) are a whole different problem. We haven't had a human die of rabies in 4 years, we keep watch as does fish and game and animal control. It's a big county, one animal control guy.

      They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

      by Shippo1776 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:33:16 AM PST

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      •  We live in an area more densely populated (1+ / 0-)
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        The major problem we have are people dumping what I suspect are fighting dogs. Poor things never had a chance.

        Coyotes are a problem.

        But then we get city slickers who move out here and think that because they live on 5 acres now, that they can let their dogs run loose. They don't realize that 5 acres isn't that much and that fido often goes wandering, and heaven help us if it likes our chickens.

        The worst thing about dogs attacking chickens, is that they don't eat them. They just play with them to death and will do it until there are no more chickens in the yard.

        At least if a hawk or eagle or bobcat, or even a coyote takes a bird, it's part of a food chain, and not just the loss of a bird left in a bloody mess in my yard with a pile of feathers.

        The other scary thing are the kids. No one walks or bikes out here without some kind of stick or pepper spray, because of dogs not fenced or kept on a leash. So my kids don't get the run of this area, not because of perverts, but because of people who won't properly house their canines.

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