Coyotes Eating Melons

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  1. Txsteader

    Txsteader Well-Known Member

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    At least, we think it's coyotes. DH said he'd heard they've been known to eat melons . Well, the past 2 mornings, we've discovered melons strung across the yard. They can't get a good bite on the watermelons (just drag them out by the vines & leave teeth marks on 'em), but the cantaloupes are being destroyed.

    We put the DH-lookalike scarecrow next to the patch yesterday, but it didn't deter them. Lost 2 more melons last night....and they were still green inside!

    Any quick-fix ideas how to deter them? Can't stay awake all night trying to get a shot @ them. DH wonders if human urine scent would keep them @ bay?
     
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  3. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

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    Betcha Raccons are eating them that is what ate mine last year till I killed 8 in one night no exaggeration. Problem is I shot most of them in the garden with a shotgun not thinking about the lead.Did not know the plants would take it up at the time,also I guess I thought it was illeagle to sell lead sinkers and shot shells were steel now. Dont know how I am going to get them out.
     
  4. Txsteader

    Txsteader Well-Known Member

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    Well, poison is an option, but we have such a large coyote population in this area, I'm not sure I could solve the problem before losing the crop. Planning to put out poison tonight anyway, maybe they'll go for it & leave the melons alone.

    Haven't seen any coons around but possums have been a problem. Could they being doing the damage? I know where there den is & could easily solve that.
     
  5. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

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    Never heard of possums eating em though they will eat anything I think it is probably coons or the coyotes. I had possums and coons at my place the coons were all that was eating the melons.
     
  6. A.T. Hagan

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    Foxes will do this as well. Last year I saw a pair of gray foxes in my melon patch chowing down on one of mine.

    .....Alan.
     
  7. pumpkinlady

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    We had a bear eating our pumpkins one year.
     
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    My parents live in suburbia, every summer they have squirrels who eat their tomatoes. They wait until it is just ripe enough to pick, and CHOMP!
     
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    BURPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bad coyote
     
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    I put a soler power fence around my plants one shock and ther gone works on bears to
     
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    Do you have gophers?

    You gopher the watermelons..and I'll gopher the cantaloupes.
     
  12. Txsteader

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    LOL, nope, no gophers in this area, and foxes are rare.

    I'd think it would have to be a good sized animal to drag a ripe watermelon (including the vine :flame: ) 50' away from the main patch. Also, the claw and teeth marks indicate a fairly large animal.

    Gonna try the urine experiment tonight. Some folks claim it works...we'll see. I figure they've struck 2 nights in a row, they'll be back for more.
     
  13. Tabitha

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    spray them with hot pepper sauce (the melons), gives them something to remember, it works on mardens who like to chew on wires.
     
  14. wilded

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    Set steel traps or put out snares where they go into the patch.
     
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    Now thats a good idea and a quick fix to.
    I'm betting on it being a dog.Mine will eat just about any veggie she finds.Her favorite is tomatoes!
     
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    Paint em with a lime/cayenne mixture...

    Sit out in the garden with a .22 and a portable spotlight... place fishing line around the perimeter of the garden with tin cans mated together, ever so often, so if something wiggles the string, the can's'll rattle... when you hear a rattle, turn on your spotlight, and shoot the eyes...

    Its either coons or 'yotes...
     
  17. Calfkeeper

    Calfkeeper Chief Bottle Washer

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    Yes, could be possums. Here in MO we have had possums in the the melon patch, actually seen them eating the melons AND the tomatoes, thank you very much. They just climbed the fence and tomato vines to get to the tomatoes. A critter trap and a relocation did the trick for that one.
    CK
     
  18. Meg Z

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    How much water is available in your area? A lot of times, wild animals aren't eating fruits for the food, but for the water. Often, if you provide a water source, they'll quit eating the fruit.

    Meg
     
  19. Txsteader

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    I'd thought about that, Meg, as it has been pretty dry. We keep a trough of water @ the back of the house for the birds, squirrels, etc. Don't know if coyotes would be brave enough to come that close to the house. However, it rained yesterday, and they didn't bother the melons last night, so there could be something to your idea. I'll put a bucket @ the back of the property & see if I can short-stop 'em.