The University of Florida, IFAS -Range Cattle Research and Education Center is conducting this survey to more thoroughly understand coyote damage to livestock. IFAS is cooperating with USDA National Wildlife Research Center to measure losses of livestock presumed to have been a direct consequence of coyote predation, and to assist in identifying the number and extent of occurrence across Florida.

Your answers to all questions are needed to help prepare reliable statistics on coyote predation and behavioral observations of coyote predation. Responses to the survey are voluntary and opt out of any questions you do not wish to answer. All individual reports are kept confidential and no personal information is requested other than the county of your property(s).

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* 1. Name of county(s) where your ranch is located.

* 2. What is the approximate acreage of your ranch?

* 3. What acreage do you devote to livestock?

* 4. On average what is the number of cattle you support on your ranch?

* 5. Do coyotes attack livestock on your ranch?

* 6. What time of year do coyotes attack livestock? (check all that apply)

* 7. What age livestock are attacked? (check all that apply)

* 8. If you have multiple cattle breeds, is one breed attacked more than any other?

* 9. Have you observed more attacks on calves of first time reproductive females than older females?

* 10. Are there other conditions under which your livestock seem more vulnerable to attack by coyotes?

* 11. When you have observed an attack is it a direct or indirect observation, or both?

* 12. If you have a direct observation of coyote/calf interaction would you be kind enough to share your observation here, including behavior of cattle and coyote.

* 13. During the last calving season (2013/2014) how many animals did you lose to coyote attacks? Please exclude any animals you think coyotes may have scavenged after dying from some other factor

* 14. In what year did you FIRST have livestock lost to a coyote attack? (If you cannot recall then please leave blank)

* 15. If you keep records could you tell us HOW MANY CALVES YOU LOST BEFORE WEANING each calving season as far back as you can accurately provide information? The calving season here is defined as starting the fall of listed year and continuing to the spring of the following year. E.g., Fall 2012 – Spring 2013 is the 2012 calving season

* 16. If you keep records could you tell us how many calves you SUSPECTED WERE KILLED BY COYOTES each calving season as far back as you can accurately provide information? The calving season here is defined as starting the fall of listed year and continuing to the spring of the following year. E.g., Fall 2012 – Spring 2013 is the 2012 calving season

* 17. Please indicate any measures you take (or have taken) to prevent coyote attacks on your livestock and indicate the effectiveness of each method. We listed a few we know you might already use but please add others not listed.

  Very effective Somewhat effective Not at all effective Do not use
Shooting
Trapping snare
Trapping cage
Trapping spring foot trap
Scare off with vehicle
Shouting/loud noise
Guard Donkey in herd
Guard Llama/Alpaca in herd
Hire professional trapper/shooter

* 18. Please estimate cost of any measures you take (or have taken) to prevent coyote attacks on your livestock. Enter as estimated dollars per year.

* 19. Finally, we would like your opinion on the following statements. Please indicate if you Strongly Disagree, Disagree, are Neutral, Agree, Strongly Agree, or are Unsure.

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree Unsure
Coyote predation to livestock on my farm is a problem
Coyote numbers in my area have increased in the last 10 years
I have to continually control coyotes to reduce livestock predation
Coyotes are an important part of Florida’s natural wildlife
On my farm coyote predation has increased over the last 10 years
Coyotes should be protected rather than controlled
Coyotes do not attack and kill healthy calves
I see and hear more coyotes now than I did 10 years ago

* 20. If you wish to receive a report of the results of this survey please provide an email address.

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