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Cougar In The Neighborhood

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jonnyschicks, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. jonnyschicks

    jonnyschicks In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2010
    Central Oregon
    We have a cougar in the hood my friends at the end of the road lost two goats to the cat last night.. [​IMG] so we are on the hunt for a kitty!!!!!! my coop and pen is secure but a cougar might put my work to the test.. hope we can get it before it gets something else....[​IMG]

  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Yikes! Good luck.
  3. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    We have them near me, too.

    Just a word of caution, though. If you are going to kill the cat, make sure you're following all laws regarding such. We had a man in our county who was arrested for killing two cougars of which one of the ones he killed was done so in a suspicious way (apparently the cat went up a tree and was shot there). In our area, you can kill cougars who are threatening humans or livestock/poultry (but, not just for being in the area), but otherwise would get you into big trouble if you can't prove it was threatening you at the time.

    I don't know how it is where you live.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2010
  4. WillieBoy

    WillieBoy Chirping

    Sep 1, 2010
    Losing two goats to a predator is pretty bad for one night.Knowing the big cats around and killing
    livestock, i'd prepare to hunt too !! Can you set up a game cam, for extra eyes...?
    If i saw the beast around my property/coop i'd SSS, just to keep my birds safe, and to avoid any problems with the law..
  5. Brody's Broodello

    Brody's Broodello Songster

    Jan 9, 2009
    OMG! That is a huge kitty problem.
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I've got to tell you guys, I have just about every predator there is, tromping through my backyard. I don't have big cats, though. And I am so thankful for that. I would be terrified to leave my house after dark... and I am not a coward by any stretch of the imagination.

    How do you manage? Electric fences? Dogs the size of Land Rovers? I am curious.
  7. Ibicella

    Ibicella Songster

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    Quote:I'd rather have a cougar than a bear, personally!

    And yes, all of the above is your best bet when you live in lion territory.

    In general, just good common sense is the way to go. Build enclosures well, lock up before dusk, keep food picked up, stay alert, and don't go near underbrush, rock ledges, or other places a cougar can hide.

    Your livestock, pets, and children have more to worry about than you do. A mountain lion would much rather have a goat or a few chickens than a human.

  8. jendodd

    jendodd In the Brooder

    Aug 10, 2010
    Cougars are WAY scarier than Bears!!! We have both prowling our city during the year and the big cat is something that I never want to see ever..... bears on the other hand we see quite often!
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Couger have been known to hunt humans; black bears do not; polar bears will, along with the occcasional grizzley.
  10. Ibicella

    Ibicella Songster

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    I disagree on that! Bears scare the **** outta me! [​IMG]

    Plus it's a LOT easier to cougar proof a coop than bear proof one. I HATE the fact that bears will just happily shred through anything and cause thousands of dollars worth of damage for a meal. [​IMG] Cougars at least would rather not do that.

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