This Donkey Takes No Sh-t From Coyotes

Donkeys have a reputation for being stubborn, ornery SOBs. But did you know they are a coyote's nightmare, too?

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on August 31, 2017

Donkeys have a reputation for being stubborn, ornery SOBs.
But did you know they are a coyote’s nightmare, too?

In fact, did you know some farmers use them as guard animals with other livestock, like sheep?

“Buck” the donkey is a really good example of why that is:

Steve Hipps, from South Carolina, has a grass pasture in his backyard, and he likes to keep the donkey back there to keep the grass short.

Turns out, Buck does a lot more than that.

He’s a helluva threat to coyotes, too!

Steve said coyotes are not uncommon in his area, but this particular one was unusual.

“This one was coming out during the daylight hours. I saw it a couple of times—mid morning, early afternoon.

“This one day, my cousin, who lives behind me, called at about 6 o’clock in the evening and said, ‘That coyote’s coming through my yard heading your way.’

“And we live in a populated area,” Steve said. “This thing came across the field in broad daylight.

And the donkey didn’t like it. –GON

“By the time I got over there, Buck was stomping the coyote. Then he reached down and picked him up by the neck and started slinging him like a rag doll. I grabbed my phone and got two pictures.” –GON

How common is this behavior? Well — Mandy doesn’t like Coyotes either…

Here’s a fox taking the same sort of beating that Buck’s owner described.

And a quick search showed at least one government website that actually has a paged devoted to ‘guard donkeys’.

No kidding!

As crazy as it might sound, Ontario, Canada has that site set up.

It looks like a formal policy paper. Some of the questions it addresses:

How Do Donkeys Protect the Flock?
Donkey Compatibility with Sheep
Donkey Compatibility with Farm Dogs and People
Considerations When Buying a Guard Donkey
Size, Conformation and Behaviour
Flock Size and Number of Donkeys
Donkey Gender
Over-Protective Behaviour
Advantages and Disadvantages of Donkeys Over Guard Dogs

Who knew?

Well, besides the farmers who already knew just how valuable they can be?


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