Mystery Predator

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenlover247, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. We live in the Northwest in the US, and I saw a creature about the size of a skunk or possum, it was at dusk.

    It hasn't killed any chickens yet, but I want to know what it is so we can get rid of it. Do you have any idea what it is?
     
  2. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not without a picture or description of what it looked like, there are plenty of different things that could be that size, Coon, fisher, maybe large pine marten, or even larger mink?
     
  3. alldembirds

    alldembirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm guessing it was some sort of crepuscular animal.. something about the size of a skunk or opossum.

    Its imposable to tell without more information....[​IMG]
     
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    I wouldn't assume it's a predator first of all. We can't just eliminate wild animals because we raise poultry. Some are actually beneficial to keeping predators away. We almost never have to kill wild animals here, and we are on the edge of the woods.
     
  5. Cluckysnap123

    Cluckysnap123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm.... maybe a martin or skunk or maybe a mink. More details.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Probably a skunk or a possum, lol.....could have been a coon...or a cat...or a small dog.
    Set up a trap and see what you catch....be ready to dispatch it tho, do not relocate.
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2014
  7. alldembirds

    alldembirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i know everybody is too afraid to say it but we all know what it is......................chupacabra!
     
  8. We don't have any small dogs or wild cats, I have never seen a mink, a Martin or a Fisher. So which do you think it is Coon, Possum, or Skunk?
     

  9. Maybe...but it would have to be a really young one.
     

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