BOBCAT HELP PLEASE! It's getting my ducks, chickens, and house cats!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MiMis_Place, May 31, 2011.

  1. MiMis_Place

    MiMis_Place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know the best and quickest way to catch a bobcat? I've set a live trap but, I think I need to move it although I saw tracks this morning about 10' from it in the sand. I'm not even sure it's big enough for the cat. Sure hope it's not a mountain lion or a panther! They've been spotted within 25 miles of where I live. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    It's gotten three of my house/yard cats, three Runner ducks, and I don't know how many chickens. [​IMG] I'm worried it might go for my grandkids or who knows what else! I have two boxers in the yard and I'm not sure if it might go for them or my horse?


    I put a runner duckling in the holding cage part of the trap, and I've locked everyone else up! But, I can't keep them locked up to long in the hen house. [​IMG] The remaining kittens I have are locked in the house until I catch it! What a pain....

    I ordered bobcat urine this morning. I read it will help to lure them into the trap but, I sure would like to catch it before the urine gets here!


    Any suggestions, on bait, how to make home-made traps, ect......
     
  2. LaBaze

    LaBaze Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's rotten luck. I havent had to deal with a bobcat here although they have been seen around here. Maybe you can post some paw print pics to make sure its a bobcat.
     
  3. MiMis_Place

    MiMis_Place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I"m pretty sure. I have to go to work right now. But I plan to do some more looking and I'll try to remember to take my camera along with my gun. [​IMG]
     
  4. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try a legtrap with a fluttering lure suspended over it ie dead bird wing. Make sure the trap is clean and descented so he'll be looking at the wing, not sniffing the trap Good Luck
     
  5. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Contact DEC about the menace animal Thats been taking pets & livestock! They should assist you in the capture or removal of the animal.
     
  6. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I would call up the local Wildlife Agency and file a report. Up here, they will issue a kill tag and/or bring up hounds and hunters to try to convince the cat to move along. If that doesn't work, they will kill it.
     
  7. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:How do you descent a trap?
     
  8. Moonkit

    Moonkit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How do you descent a trap?

    I believe smoking the trap or wiping it down with vinegar does the trick.
     
  9. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks.I wondered how to do that.

    What if the trap is put in the sun for a day and then you wear disposable gloves to bait and set it?
     
  10. MiMis_Place

    MiMis_Place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone!

    I've been reading on how to make different traps. [​IMG] Not sure which I want to try and make yet. Still hoping the live trap will catch it. I just got home and changed the duckling out with a fresh one.

    I thought about calling the Wildlife dept. but figure they'll just want to relocate it a few miles from here and I don't see that solving the problem. If it will get my cats, ducks, chickens, ect.... it will get someone elses too. [​IMG]

    My husband is supposed to call a friend of his today that hunts predators and has a calling machine. If he can't come I may call my dad or uncle since they trap them..... and my son said he knew someone that hunts them also. Not sure what we are going to do right now. But, I do know I want to catch it.

    By the way one of my cats (the last one that came up missing night before last) Tigger made it home! He is all spooky, doesn't want to be petted, and is eyeing the other cats like they might try something. But, I'm so HAPPY he made it home! I figure he must have found a hole that the bobcat couldn't reach him in and laid up until thirst and hunger made him come out. Needless to say him and the others are not getting out of the house until the bobcat is caught!

    I read about the snare trap and it sounds pretty good but it has flaws. Have you ever seen a wild cat caught on the end of a rope? Well I have! When they see you they go NUTS! I had to shoot one when my son was young and I bet I used 20 bullets trying to shoot the cat, because there was no way I could get close enough to cut the line! BTW it was a regular cat not a bobcat, but it was a wild one. I sure don't want to tangle with a bobcat caught in a rope! What I really want is a real hunter to come and get it so I don't have to deal with it.
     

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