Insane Crazy wrote:We are pretty sure one of the new farm dogs was swiped by a...Hawk? Owl? Fox? Literally with people watching the pack closely out the window, less than 25 feet away.
Motherf***ker. We had him for a month and he was literally a perfect, pure gem of a dog. Ugh. UGH. This is why people don't get little dogs out here, I guess. I am now radically paranoid about wildlife -- I've never had reason to be before. Bleh.
Poor dog. Unless he was a small puppy from a small breed, more likely coyotes. Photoshopped internet offerings notwithstanding, even a fully grown bald eagle couldn't fly off with much more than a 7 lbs prey.
Obviously, watching from inside the house is diddly security for the dog, even assuming that somebody kept their eyes on the dog all the time. Which, clearly they didn't, or they wouldn't have to be guessing as to what got the dog.
He was 7 lb soaking wet -- smaller than most rabbits around these parts. Boss has always had big dogs on the farm, but has had littler ones for 10 years with no issues. My guess is the big dogs scared off most of the predators and they're finally moving back in, or changes in nearby farms (new buildings, new fields, etc.) are pushing animals out of old territory.
Since the first and only time we had issues with dogs getting taken/hurt was coyotes, the front yard has always been considered safe territory. I don't blame her for expecting it to stay that way. The coyotes (who we haven't seen hide nor hair of since they got the other dog, which is odd -- they were prolific in the weeks leading up to it) don't touch that area. That's why coyote is a question mark, though still possible. A fox or weasel wouldn't be impossible, either. We also have fishers, which can take down rabbits, porcupines, and deer fawns. Since they're wicked sneaky, we wouldn't know if we had them, either.
Granted, it's not like if a bird of prey swept down to get something, a human would be much good to stop it. That is what skeeves me out the most. The pack shot off into the woods in a frenzy, which is why she didn't have eyes specifically on the littlest one at the moment of absconsion. Of course, she's beating herself up plenty for it as it is.