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I love all animals IN THEIR PLACE and their place is not my back yard.   If they come into my yard and take my livestock I am legally allowed to kill  it (and will).  The law gives me the right to kill an predator in my yard, if it is interfering with my livestock.   Sorry that hurts your sensablities, but it is the law of the land.  (where I live anyway, other states may not have the same laws)

The natural thing for wild animals to do is seek food IN THE WILD...my yard is mowed, landscaped and full of buildings....it is not their natural habitat, so they need to be and will be killed on sight in my yard.  (They are welcome to eat anything they find in the 35 acre forever wild area behind my house)

My neighbor shot a coyote less than 1/4 acre from his back door.   He has chickens and 2 young girls on his property.   Are you saying that he doesn't have the right to shoot a predator in his yard because he chooses to have prey animals on the property?

?????

Your state allows you to kill predators if they take your livestock.....hawks, owls and eagles?


Edited by tjebarr - 12/30/11 at 2:13am
post #92 of 125
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Originally Posted by Rich386 

You might try going to a hunting supply and buy some fox urn. Non lethal and it will ward off all sorts of vermin.


this WILL attract fox and coyotes and wolves depending on geography

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http://www.scnaonline.org  Serama Council Of North America

You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up.
Chief Joseph
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post #93 of 125
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Originally Posted by XilverAngel 

Oh my goodness 8 at once?! Thank God we are only faced with 1 at the moment, hopefully it stays just one (or zero once we catch it!). That is definitely frightening, and I couldn't agree more with you; after seeing what this raccoon did to my pullet the day before, I am completely horrified and disgusted by their nature.


Of the 8 were a set of triplet kits, a couple of young one's and adults...I believe I got them all through the following week. What I found to be most disgusting about the critters is marking of 'their' territories. One season they were intent on dropping scat right below our bedroom window. To say the very least it was fowl. It became a nightly ritual even after using various kinds of deterrents. Eventually we put a electric fence wire around the area. I have to admit, I cracked a smile in my deepest slumber when I could hear them getting a good jolt. Solved the problem. From there they moved to my garden area letting me know how disgusted they were with me. I copped an attitude and from then on it's a live trap and a .22. Satisfaction guaranteed.

post #94 of 125

Trapping predators is for the most part futile because it doesn't stop predator loses.  Coons and opossums are (at least around here) nocturnal.  Have a predator proof coop and lock your birds up at night.  For daytime predators one of the easiest "cures" is an electric fence, they're cheap and easy to put up.  The goal is to cut predator loses to zero and the only way to do that is to prevent them from accessing your animals without losing the benefits they provide.

post #95 of 125
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Originally Posted by Wbstofer 

And nobody has mentioned that the ones in my area have a particular taste for Golden Malrin.  The fly bait/killer.  Pretty blue crystals that they just eat right up.  Rumor has it they only make it 2-3 feet from the dish.  Be careful its VERY poisionus to other critters as well.  Apparently it has been put inside a trap and this protects it from other more valuable creatures.  Please check local ordinances before trying this at home...

And for all the less than knowlegeable firearm people, a .22 short (NOT long rifle!) fired from a gun such as a lever action Marlin or bolt action anything sounds like a door slam.  Very quiet.

+1 to the fact that we put too much into our chickens to loose them to such a creature...


-Bill

edited for firearm info...


Yeah.  Golden Malrin.  I don't want to tell anyone to use it in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.   But I have heard that mixing it with a little coke and coons love it.  Local guy did this and heard a lapping noise and turned around and his dog was drinking it.  The dog died, eventually.  So yeah, be careful.  But yes, I've heard this is very effective for keeping coons out of the sweet corn.

post #96 of 125

My only successful fix ( if you're an animal lover, do not read on) is to get some Fly Bait. It's a blue, smelly powder in a can. Put one scoop in a foil pan of milk.  Set 1/2 of a Snickers bar next to it in the area of the problem. Racoons LOVE chocolate! They eat the Snickers, get REAL thirsty and drink the Fly Bait. Wala! I've found a Possum on the top of the cage, in the process of taking a step, and literally "frozen in his tracks".  Ya do whatcha gotta do.

post #97 of 125

I have learned here in Florida that the animal control center which is a block north of me, releases the animals immediately.  I used to take all the critters I captured in live traps there.  Until one day, they took the trap with the racoon in it, walked through the door where I thought was where they kept them until they relocated them....boy was I wrong.  I walked outside and I saw him carrying the cage out the back door and released the animal, which was basically my backyard.

When I asked them about that they advised me, that they don't relocate the animals they just let them go, so whomever brings animals to animal control they release them in my backyard.  Which explains why I kept getting opposum and racoons in my yard.  So long story short, invest in a live trap and either shoot them or drown them.  Who knows if they are rabid and I don't wait around to find out.


Hope this helps... Happy New Year!!!

post #98 of 125

I understand that flybait (Golden Malrin) is quick and effective, but doesn't discriminate. It will kill everything that eats it, including your pets. So use it with the utmost caution if that's the route you choose to go. Personally, I'd avoid it. Live-trap and kill by whatever means you can. If you can shoot it, all the better. If you need to drown it, it's a relatively quick death, just don't mention it here or anywhere else because you will get blasted by some.

The goal is to cut predator loses to zero and the only way to do that is to prevent them from accessing your animals without losing the benefits they provide. I have to respectfully disagree. I see no benefits to an animal that is overpopulated in some areas and will die a long, painful death when they get diseased and die from rabies or distemper.

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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post #99 of 125

Live trap then kill it. I have had to do it too although I had not yet actually lost anything.

Cindy from Charlotte tn living with my husband, 5 horses,3 mules, lost count on the chickens, 3 kitties, 1 mini  Aussie  and a Spoiled Rotten Yorkie.

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Cindy from Charlotte tn living with my husband, 5 horses,3 mules, lost count on the chickens, 3 kitties, 1 mini  Aussie  and a Spoiled Rotten Yorkie.

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post #100 of 125

We have great success using a dogproof trap with a can of tuna as the lure.

Of course a little quiet time on the porch with a cold beer and a .22 on your lap will do the trick too... ;-)

10 Buff Orps, 4 NH Reds, 3 Barred Rocks, & 3 Black Stars...

...plus... Horses, Goats, Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Fish, Kids...and a Wife.

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10 Buff Orps, 4 NH Reds, 3 Barred Rocks, & 3 Black Stars...

...plus... Horses, Goats, Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Fish, Kids...and a Wife.

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