We have a 30ac hobby farm surrounded by a mix of farmland, undeveloped land and state park, rural residential (20+ac), and one subdivision (3ac lots). Sometimes we hear coyotes singing at night. A few times (less than 10?) in the 5yrs we have lived here I have seen a coyote crossing the edge of our hay field. Recently we have seen a fox and based on tracks in the snow it seems as though our farm is now part of his repertoire.
We have four big horses at home, I don’t worry about them. We have two neutered cats that like to roam the barn and farm fields to hunt during the day, always back inside before sundown (they come when called pretty reliably). I worry about the cats, we don’t have much tree coverage for escape as hobby farm was previously a corn field.
The cats have been only allowed outside with adult supervision since the fox sighting (when we are outside on weekends). DH and I work desk jobs from home during the week.
We have had dogs before, but they passed four years ago only a year after we moved to the farm. I’m feeling as though my heart is ready for another dog. I’m also wondering if the presence of a dog on the property, marking and such might also help encourage the fox and coyotes to skirt our property. Dog would be inside house/fenced in yard normally, out around the farm only with adult supervision. Any experiences?