The sight is a disturbing one: Hounds turned loose into a field known to have coyotes either in a den or hiding in bushes. The coyotes run away or defend their territory, depending on the circumstances. If they are defending a den, coyotes will chase after the hounds in an attempt to shoo them away. These hounds (often greyhounds or greyhound mixes) have been trained to decoy the coyotes out of hiding, then run toward their handlers who are armed with high-powered rifles. The hound handlers shoot the coyotes just to wound them, then turn loose the hounds again. The wounded coyotes are then mauled to death by the trained hounds. Sometimes the coyotes get in a bite or two on the hounds and sometimes the hounds turn on each other in the frenetic attack. The coyotes always end up dead, and the hounds generally will come away with some puncture wounds, but ready for their next outing If the hounds are too wounded or don't come back when called, they are often abandoned in these killing fields - left to die or perhaps be rescued by someone who happens to find them and take them to the nearest animal shelter. Such is the case for a greyhound left with a gaping neck wound in a New Mexico area popular for coyote hunters. This greyhound was found and taken to a shelter where she was scheduled for euthanasia the next day. Luckily, she lifted her head to watch as the staff members came in to give treats. She was not ready to give up. The shelter contacted a greyhound rescue group to see if they would take in this dog lucky enough to survive her wounds. She ended up in a loving home and lived to a ripe old age as a companion. Her photo is above in the heading.
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