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Old 11-09-2019, 04:58 AM   #1
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I saw something last night I've never seen before. Saw a coyote running down the ditch with a skunk in its mouth. It cut across the road in front of me and my buddy and dropped it in the road. Drove probably another 6 miles and believe it or not a skunk and a coyote couldn't have been more than 20 feet apart. We went and grabbed some food and headed back home. Saw 8 skunks not including another dead one on the road. On my way back home that dead skunk in the road was gone.

I can't hardly think coyotes are seeking out and killin skunks to eat but it sure does seem that way. I know for a fact the first coyote we saw planned on eating one. Maybe the second coyote close to the skunk was a coincidence but I have my doubts. I'm thinking there's plenty of skunks and not enough rabbits to go around.
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:08 AM   #2
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They eat them here for sure and skunks make great bait for coyote traps
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:32 AM   #3
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Skunk is fine table fare for coyotes. I think gross smells are a prerequisite for predators, they like goats and sheep, consume plenty of gutshot hogs, and I'm sure it's easy to find these sources for them. They are like us...we will settle for an easy meal even if its gross. Aka...gas station burritos, long john silvers, McDonalds, Ramen noodles.
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:41 AM   #4
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I'll be dang I didn't think anything would fool with a skunk. I betcha they get a wicked case of the drizzlins after they eat one of those nasty suckers.
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:56 AM   #5
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Coyotes will eat just about anything, skunks are plentiful and easy meals.
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Old 11-09-2019, 10:57 AM   #6
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They definitely eat em. Sure hard on my dating life in hight school after skinning those coyotes that have been dining on skunks!
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Old 11-09-2019, 11:14 AM   #7
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I guess about the only thing they won't eat is their own.
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Old 11-09-2019, 01:53 PM   #8
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:01 PM   #9
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:04 PM   #10
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Skunk is fine table fare for coyotes. I think gross smells are a prerequisite for predators, they like goats and sheep, consume plenty of gutshot hogs, and I'm sure it's easy to find these sources for them. They are like us...we will settle for an easy meal even if its gross. Aka...gas station burritos, long john silvers, McDonalds, Ramen noodles.
Hold up, ramen noodles gross? You take that back!
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:21 PM   #11
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A yote won't pass a meal. They never know when they will get another.
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Old 11-09-2019, 03:04 PM   #12
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I've shot one that smelled like skunk before but I figured he'd just ran across one and got sprayed. We drove about 40 miles last night and saw 12 skunks and 3 coyotes. Two coyotes seemed to be hungry for skunk. The other one was running across the highway. I think we saw maybe two jackrabbits. That's why I'm thinking they're resorting to skunks for food. There's a crap ton of those it seems like.
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Old 11-09-2019, 04:32 PM   #13
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I've shot one that smelled like skunk before but I figured he'd just ran across one and got sprayed. We drove about 40 miles last night and saw 12 skunks and 3 coyotes. Two coyotes seemed to be hungry for skunk. The other one was running across the highway. I think we saw maybe two jackrabbits. That's why I'm thinking they're resorting to skunks for food. There's a crap ton of those it seems like.
I said we saw 8 when I started this thread but my buddy corrected me earlier. Apparently there was 12 but I wasn't exactly counting the ones that were smashed flat in the road because I don't think those were necessarily hit on the road last night. Either way you get the point. We have a bit of a skunk problem.
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:20 AM   #14
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:49 AM   #15
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I've left coyotes with mange out in the field and they layed out there until they were nothing but bones. They're weird about what they will and won't eat that's for sure. Apparently a lot weirder than I thought. The only thing I've heard of eating a skunk is a Great Horned Owl. What's crazy is I've drove past the same dead skunks on the road for weeks on my way to work and I can't say I've ever even seen a buzzard eating a dead skunk.
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:36 PM   #16
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Skunk is fine table fare for coyotes. I think gross smells are a prerequisite for predators, they like goats and sheep, consume plenty of gutshot hogs, and I'm sure it's easy to find these sources for them. They are like us...we will settle for an easy meal even if its gross. Aka...gas station burritos, long john silvers, McDonalds, Ramen noodles.
McDonald's has fresh, delicious gourmet seafood.
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Old 11-10-2019, 04:39 PM   #17
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Coons. Never seen a coyote eat a coon. Pigs will.

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Old 11-11-2019, 09:55 PM   #18
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Well, I can't speak for the coyotes eating skunks, but I noticed the other day that I wasn't seeing any jack rabbits on the ranch. Cottontails have been down for years on the place, too.
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