Coyotes Potentially Killing Animals at Ranch in Belmont County


The RJ Ranch in Jacobsburg is a therapeutic riding center for adults and children.

But now, in addition to helping people with their problems, they have a problem of their own.

One of their horses was killed, and they suspect the killers were a pack of coyotes.

RJ Ranch has 27 horses. Tucker, a gelding, was one of their smallest.

The young, gray and tan Mustang was there one day and gone the next.

They found what was left of him two days later.

A missing horse was a nightmare scenario.

“We went searching for him and two days later we found basically nothing but bones,” said Julie Larish.

Since that day in late March, neighbors have told Larish about their own missing animals.

Two newborn calves and more.

“Rabbits, ducks, chickens, cats, dogs,” said Julie Larish.

The USDA and the game warden have both been on site. They say it was either a coyote, a coy-dog,  a bobcat or an eastern cougar, because they’ve all been seen in the Jacobsburg-Centerville area.

Larish says a coyote was bold enough to try to come into her house.

“My dog came in shaking and I shut the door, not thinking of anything, and then I heard scratching and I thought, I don’t have another dog out, and I looked out and it just so happens it was a very huge coyote,” said Larish.

Larish has been leaving a radio playing and a light on in the barn, to deter wild predators.

She also has a donkey named Jack, who has been known to attack and kill coyotes!

But it’s still frightening to know they’re around.

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