Alpacas and emus being used as guard dogs to keep coyotes away
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – One animal rescuer in Columbus County is using alpacas and emus to protect her other animals from coyotes and suggests anyone with livestock to do the same.
Several weeks ago, Cathi Gruber moved emus into the same area she keeps her goats and sheep to keep the coyotes away.
Gruber also added alpacas to more vulnerable animals and said there hasn't been a coyote attack on her property since.
According to Gruber, emus have sharp, strong feet that will claw coyotes to death. Gruber said emus are friendly, but are smart and can sense when another animal enters their space that shouldn't be there.
Gruber said she has the alpacas around because they will stomp coyotes to death, just like llamas, donkeys and miniature horses. While Gruber keeps her miniature horses in the barn, she spreads the smell of urine around her property to keep the coyotes away.
Gruber suggests people with livestock should invest in a donkey, llama or an animal related to them. She says the money you'll spend buying a donkey or llama will equal the money you'll spend replacing the animals killed by coyotes.
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