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Both Goat just found dead in pen...

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Chickerdoodle13, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    My mom called me a few minutes ago and told me that my dad found both of our goats had been attacked by something during the night. One had been dragged into the woods and half eaten, while the other was still partly alive, but had been attacked and had to be put down. I have no idea what could have done this! We've had these goats for ten years and never had a problem! We figure either a bear or a coyote, but I have no idea how a bear could fit under the fence (Tall wood fence, with square wire around it)

    Now we don't know what to do, because it could always come back and take the chickens or even terrorize the horses. My dad would be willing to shoot it, but today it was just way too late.

    We loved those poor goats and I'm really going to miss them. They would have been ten this spring.

    If you have any advice for us, please let me know! The horses will be closed inside the barn tonight, and there's not much more I can do for the chickens. I've never had anything get inside the coops, as they are pretty secure, but if an animal is really hungry, they will break through anything.
     
  2. conroy

    conroy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG so sorry to hear it.... [​IMG]
     
  3. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am so sorry about the goats - how horrible! Could a big cat have taken the one goat over the top of the fence?
     
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    I've never seen any large cats around here, though I have heard we have bob cats. However, these goats were HUGE. They were both whethered Nubian males.
     
  5. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Did they look for tracks? If it was an animal that drug the goat, there should be some tracks somewhere.
     
  6. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Oh, how terrible. I'm so sorry for your losses.

    If it were me, I'd be lighting the area with motion floods and setting up a bullet camera fed into my TV.
     
  7. Julie_in_PA

    Julie_in_PA Out Of The Brooder

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    So sorry for your loss ! imo it was something really strong, because if a bear couldn't get UNDER your fence, and these goats are big goats, how could something pull THEM both under the fence ? Sounds to me like something strong took them over top the fence. I would say a big cat to, cause you'd THINK a bear would leave damamge to the fence if it climbed over the fence a couple times ... unless it's a REALLY REALLY sturdy strong fence.

    Oh, how terrible. I'm so sorry for your losses.

    If it were me, I'd be lighting the area with motion floods and setting up a bullet camera fed into my TV.

    Hiya Helmstead ! Didn't realize till just now that you're on the forum to [​IMG]
     
  8. chicken stalker

    chicken stalker TOS Rocks!

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    Sorry to hear about the loss of your goats. Coyotes/Coy-dogs have been very close to our barn and it's making VERY Nervous. We heard them calling for the past two nights. So it might have been a Coyotes/Coy-dogs. They seem to be extra bold this year.
     
  9. Bizzy

    Bizzy Out Of The Brooder

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    What an awful thing to go thru, I'm so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  10. jenjen

    jenjen Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree with everything Julie_in_Pa said. I don't know what kind of predators you have there but it really sounds like a mountain lion to me
     

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