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    I was camping 12m west of Winding Stair Gap on Sat night. Around midnight i was startled to hear a pack of coyotes making all kinds of noise. I grabbed my headlamp to investigate. Not 20yds from my hammock i saw 2 sets of eyes and could hear several more walking in the field around me. It was the creepiest feeling i have had on a camping trip yet.

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    That's pretty cool, probibly more so after the fact. Those are hard animals to see.

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    I had the same thing happen at Mount Rogers. The coyote walked directly under my hammock. Once again the hiker smell scared off the animals.

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    There's an article out of Illinois about coyotes and coyote attacks:

    http://www.kcchronicle.com/articles/...a473250188.txt

    They mention that human Urine is an effective coyote deterrent. Funny thing is, I've been told all my camping life that if you pee near your tent before you go to bed at night it can deter a lot of different predators. I was also told that doesn't work if you're a vegetarian.
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    They hunt in small packs up here periodically. I can hear them barking up and down the valley at each other. Scarry. I will not go out at night again thinking they are just barking dogs to shut them up. A neighbor lost her brand new pappillion puppy to fox or coyote.

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    There are lots of coyotes around here, but it is rare that they come so close to people. Lots of folks have had pets come up missing though. A friend of ours saw three dragging off a large dog of his, and was able to scare them off. We've seen a few crossing the road, and a couple hit by cars. I've heard them in the distance while camping, but never up close. That would be quite startling!

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    Fastest way to get rid of coyotes is to reintroduce wolves, which are far less likely to cause nearly as many problems. As this article notes, there are no longer coyote at Isle Royale National Park, since the (natural) reintroduction of wolves there about 50 years ago from Minnesota.

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    They mention that human Urine is an effective coyote deterrent. Funny thing is, I've been told all my camping life that if you pee near your tent before you go to bed at night it can deter a lot of different predators.
    It may deter predators but it attracts deer.

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    They are taking over a lot of parts of the country. For us in the midwest unfortunatly it means they are driving out (or killing off) some of the other native animals, i.e. deer and fox.

    I guess this is what happens when man gets ride of their natural predetor in wolves.

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    Id much rather wake up to a deer in camp than a coyote! I had seen a single coyote earlier in the year between rock gap and winding stair but a single coyote during the day and a pack in camp at night are two totally different ballgames in my mind. Guess ill be marking my territory before i turn in for the night from now on.

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    Yeah. As Gwinnett Cty, GA shrinks its greenspace at a breakneck pace we hear them frequently in our backyard and see them crossing and/or splattered on the road.
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    Please don't "mark your territory" at night. I sure don't want to set up my tent right after you and your 'marked territory' Good grief.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sly View Post
    It may deter predators but it attracts deer.
    If you don't mind,Sly,can you back this up with a link?
    I have always heard the contrary about human smell and
    any wild animal that considers humans as predators.
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    deer go for the salt in the urine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hog On Ice View Post
    deer go for the salt in the urine
    who doesn't?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hog On Ice View Post
    deer go for the salt in the urine
    deer are nasty animals; On the PCT at Etna Summitt during an overnite cowboy camp we saw deer eating horse**** or maybe it was just the berries in it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fannypack View Post
    deer are nasty animals; On the PCT at Etna Summitt during an overnite cowboy camp we saw deer eating horse**** or maybe it was just the berries in it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    That's pretty cool, probibly more so after the fact. Those are hard animals to see.
    I've seen them in my back yard and in the woods and tracked them more than a few times without seeing them. There are a lot of coyotes up here in NE.
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    I saw a group of coyotes on the trail in the little campground coming out of Grayson Highlands.
    a.k.a CHOP-CHOP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hog On Ice View Post
    deer go for the salt in the urine
    Ever seen it?
    I doubt anybody goes in the middle of the night
    while stealth camping and wakes up to a deer
    licking the ground where they went.If so,I could get
    rich selling an "attractant" to all the deer hunters
    around here.If enough urine was placed on a spot over
    enough time to actually accumulate an appreciable
    residual of salt-then I would buy that argument;but only
    if the humans were not present at the time the deer showed up.
    I am "from Missourri" on this one.
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