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post #31 of 38

Yup--bobcats are actually fairly widespread in MA and all the Northeastern states it is just that they are so secretive that, unless you just happen to be in the right place at the right time, you'll never spot one.  I've lived in my house in the country for over 45 years and spotted one once crossing by the edge of my property late at night.  One of the reason you see so few is that they are very territorial so, unless it's a mother with kits, there is only one per 4 or 5 sq. miles.  Just because you don't see them, it doesn't mean they aren't there--I've heard them around here btw.


Edited by woodmort - 7/2/11 at 7:40am

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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post #32 of 38
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Originally Posted by woodmort 

Yup--bobcats are actually fairly widespread in MA and all the Northeastern states it is just that they are so secretive that, unless you just happen to be in the right place at the right time, you'll never spot one.  I've lived in my house in the country for over 45 years and spotted one once crossing by the edge of my property late at night.  One of the reason you see so few is that they are very territorial so, unless it's a mother with kits, there is only one per 4 or 5 sq. miles.  Just because you don't see them, it doesn't mean they aren't there--I've heard them around here btw.


I've heard them on more than one occasion and just happened to be in the right spot at the right time to watch a bobcat take a ruffed grouse.  Railroad rights of way can be interesting places at times.


Edited by theFox - 7/2/11 at 12:05pm
A reformed varmint,  father to  1 WR, 1 GC, 2 BJG kits, and 14 beautiful new GC ladies.
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A reformed varmint,  father to  1 WR, 1 GC, 2 BJG kits, and 14 beautiful new GC ladies.
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post #33 of 38

I have never seen one and I hoe to God i dond't after reading about them and seeing that picture...OMG!!

post #34 of 38
Hi, I'm in Plymouth Massachusetts and watched a fisher sit high in our trees and stare at our flock for an hour. My three Great Danes were outside barking at it so I think that's why it hasn't come down yet. What worked keeping your fisher away?
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post #36 of 38
Get motion sensing lights and a semi automatic .22 rifle. Bang bang dead. That is how I would take to this problem.
post #37 of 38
I have trapped them....

They are seriously nasty critters, and beautiful.

Best thing you can do is secure your coop, like Fort Knox safe.

Here in NY we can trap them in season and anytime they are preying on livestock( your chickens) I've even caught them in live traps.

I would put a baited live trap next to your coop, after you fortify it of course and you should catch it. Use chicken as bait lol
post #38 of 38
In Indiana, the main predators are hawks, weasels, and coyotes. There are snakes in the southern part. My coop is tight as a Fort Knox Safe except I let them put themselves out unless there is a predator around potentially.
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