Unipest’s “Pest Talk” radio show recently told the story of the most aggressive coyote a wildlife removal expert has ever encountered, along with how the expert’s trap bait of choice is fried chicken.
Coyotes are usually incredibly submissive after they realize they’re overpowered, and so it tends to be relatively simple to use a snare pole to put them inside a cage, according to Frank Ortiz of Advanced Wildlife Removal.
“They just give up, lay on the ground and you can move them into a trap,” Ortiz said. “Except for one that I’ve encountered.”
This coyote in particular had gotten itself stuck in a storage shed at a resident’s house, so Ortiz and his wife were expecting things to go smoothly when they arrived.
“I’m talking to my wife, and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, this shouldn’t be too difficult,’” he recalled. “He was the baddest coyote I’ve ever come across.”
Ortiz continued, “We get this snare around him and he fought me for like 15 minutes while I tried to get him inside the cage, which has never happened, and I’ve used a snare pole on coyotes 20 different times that we’ve done. Every single time, they lay on the ground and give up.”
This time, however, the coyote attempted to bite Ortiz and the snare, and even went as far as to brace its back and legs to keep itself from entering the cage.
“This thing was strong, and it’s a large cage that we put them into, fairly large, and he just wouldn’t go in,” Ortiz said. “I had to literally force him down into the trap to get him inside of the thing.”
When Ortiz needs to catch a coyote but can’t snare it, he shared that using fried chicken in the trap has worked wonders over the standard use of raw meat.
“I’ve caught more off of deep fried chicken than I have anything else actually,” Ortiz laughed.
Ellis asked Ortiz why he thinks the cooked chicken works better, and Ortiz noted that he thinks it’s about the way it smells.
“They’ve gotten so accustomed to living around us, like they are around us, our food, our trash, our smells,” he said. “And the cooked chicken here in California puts off such a strong smell that they’re used to that they’re more drawn to it. This is what I believe and what has worked more than raw chicken ever has.”
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