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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Fabio Costa, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Fabio Costa

    Fabio Costa Hatching

    Sep 1, 2013
    Hi, this is my first thread (besides my introduction), and the main reason I'm here. A predator is attacking my flock! I lost five chickens, two guinea fowls, and one muscovy duck. I initially thought some stray dog was killing them, but yesterday I spotted a "gato-do-mato" or "jaguatirica" (that's how we call them, I don't know their English names) roaming near my farm, it's a relatively small feline, but much larger than domestic cats, and with a more "wild" color pattern, their fur is kinda similar to the one of a leopard or a jaguar.

    I have a dog, and he used to keep predators at bay, but he's almost 16 years old now. He spends most of his time sleeping and is partially deaf. He can't do anything against these wild invaders anymore.

    I don't want to kill the feline, because it's of an endangered species, but it can overcome all my lines of defence! What should I do?
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2013

  2. JanetS

    JanetS Songster

    Jun 22, 2012
    Do you keep your birds in a pen/coop or do they free range(run loose)? This makes a big difference. My chickens have to stay in their pen to keep them safe from predators. Do you have any pictures of your pen/coop? This may help.

    So sorry for you loss!!
  3. Cstrick

    Cstrick Hatching

    Aug 27, 2013
    Adamsville, TN
    Can you trap the predator? That may keep you from killing an endangered species, but save the remainder of your flock, too.
  4. Fabio Costa

    Fabio Costa Hatching

    Sep 1, 2013
    I don't have any images of my pen now, but I think I have some pictures in my older computer, I'll check it later. My chickens are kept in a pen most of time, but my muscovy ducks and guinea fowls run loose. Weirdly, as I said, most of the victims were chickens.

    Trapping is a option, I'll talk to a hunter I know.

    I discovered the "jaguatirica" is called "ocelot" in English.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Where are you located?
  6. Fabio Costa

    Fabio Costa Hatching

    Sep 1, 2013
    I'm from Brazil.

    Here's the only picture of my pen I found:


    As you can see, the fence isn't very high... But I don't think it would stop such an agile feline.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013
  7. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    wow that's a tough one. ocelots are like monkeys in trees too. If it was taking them at night, perhaps locking them in and having the whole coop covered in wire might help? Wonder if electric wire might help keeping it away?

  8. Fabio Costa

    Fabio Costa Hatching

    Sep 1, 2013
    Electric wire would certainly help, but I think I don't have enough money for it right now.

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