Bobcat problem-is it one or two

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ABS9590, Jul 11, 2019 at 11:19 PM.

  1. ABS9590

    ABS9590 Songster

    Feb 18, 2016
    Is this an older kitten? This morning my goslings were murdered by one with fluffy white ear tufts, but this one seems slightly smaller and the ear tufts aren't fluffy. Could it be my imagination? What are the odds of there being two bobcats brazen enough to come right up to my house during broad daylight? It's been an ongoing problem and it would be great if I could trap and relocate to a sanctuary, but if there are two that will make the other more wary. It (or possibly they?) Has walked right past my LGD's, taken out an entire flock of ducks ( in 4 ft. Fencing), taken an entire flock of silkies who were closed in a small wood house (2 during the day while people and dogs were outdoors, climbed into my chick brooder (right beside my house) and eaten 8 silkies and Ameraucana mixes, and I'm reasonably certain it or one of them is responsible for the mysterious disappearance of my favorite peacock.
    What can I used to bait the live trap that it will find appealing? Tonight it's baited with gosling remains (rip babies) and peacock feathers, but I've also tried pork, chicken, cat food, turkey, and a burrito with no luck
  2. mowin

    mowin Songster

    Jun 17, 2018
    Upstate NY
    Looks like a youngster. Very possible there are two. Mom may have gotten killed, or kicked them out.

    Good luck with the fight. I wouldn't live trap and release. Dispatch the critter.
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  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have used some old chicken we had processed and some canned dog food. I left the traps open for a few days and let the predator take the bait then I set it and caught the predator, in this case a fox. I set leg traps when I had a bobcat kill several birds.
    I have posted these pictures before on other threads. I agree that if you catch you must dispatch.
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  4. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

    Mar 22, 2019
    As long they know there is a food source, they will be back! I agree it's a juvenile.
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Mama teaching it to hunt.
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  6. OhZark Biddies

    OhZark Biddies Free Ranging

    Apr 13, 2018
    s. central Missouri
    My Coop
    I’d be surprised if you’ll get a bobcat in a standard cage style trap... maybe the young one...

    There are specific cage traps for bobcats, they’re typically taller and pretty pricey.

    I don’t understand this though:

    “...It (or possibly they?) Has walked right past my LGD's,...”

    Is the dog fenced in so that the cat can get by?
  7. ABS9590

    ABS9590 Songster

    Feb 18, 2016
    Yes. They tried to take out a neighbor's dog and being penned is keeping them from getting shot, but also keeping them from doing their jobs.
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