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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jesusfreak101, Oct 31, 2015.
May I borrow some of your coyotes please?
Help yourself. Come get 'em!
You can have some of ours too!! We also have hogs if you want them.
A live trap wouldn't hurt your cat - that's why you use them instead of one that would be lethal. If you catch one of yours, you just let it out in the morning. It wouldn't harm it a bit. Might irritate it some, but that's about it.
X 2 - the entire point of of a live trap is that it keeps the animal that is caught alive and safe from harm (whether one does harm to it after that is another matter) - which makes it safe for use in areas where "friendly" animals are around and may get caught in the traps you set.
i realize thats the point of a live trap but the cat didnt come at night it came and killed a hen during the day so kinda of pointless at night and second no point in having guard cats if they get caught in a trap and the bad cat comes and they cant chase it away. Apparently after this morning her partner in guarding staying closer so yeah. Regardless of the trap or not the cat isnt welcome and isnt someones pet and will be put down. If an animal kills live stock it wont stop and there is no animal control were we live and there are to many barn cats around us (in the area we live) so no one wants any cats much less a feral male chicken killing cat. If he wasnt so determind to get a hen he would have never jumped our fence to get her we going to reinforce that area of the fence to hopefully keep this from happening agian but i cant allow my hens/animals to be threatened. I shot a feral cat for attacking my cat (fixed male) my hens are no different. I wouldnt allow them to be hurt.
Just a bit of trivia, laws are all over the place, but in Illinois full time outdoor 'barn or farm cats' at least at the State level are deemed feral and have no 'owner', so there a lot less potential for 'liability' laims from someone if they just *POOF* away...
In Texas anything that threatens live stock can be killed regardless of an owner. But this one doesnt have a collar and seems afraid of humans completely so yeah. We have well over 50 barn cats (guessing there alot) but they dont mess with the hens they eat their food and kill doves, rats and other small animals. So they are no problem and they dont mess with my cats either. We had a tom cat (another big black boy) that still alive (not with out being shot at) but he the reason our cats started protecting the hens. They walk the fence line and if they saw him(or any cat) they cut them off and chase them off. This has been the first successful attack in months. I think part of the reason is that our cats havent had anyone attack the hens so they werent on guard at the time but phebie apparrently chased him after he had the hen but it was to late for the hen so she came back. We couldnt find the cat or bird so she chased him pretty far off (200 acres is kinda hard to check) but hopefull he wont come back but if he does he will be shot. I dont like killing animals but when mine are threatened and there no other choice out here(even vets and shelters wont take them) they get put down.
I am not against killing the predator that got your chicken. If it were my place, I'd have the live trap set day and night. It would only catch one of your "guard cats" at a time, leaving the rest to guard your chickens. It just seems like it would be easier to get rid of it when you have it contained, rather than try to be around to deal with it should it show up again. But, it's entirely your call. I wish you luck.
Same here, but the feral status of barn cats allows anyone to trap those cats and have them fixed if the farm owner fails to do it... That obviously doesn't work for a 'killer' cat but it can control the local population of ferals in the area if you have a rescue clinic that fixes ferals for free or low cost... This is part of Illinois PC fix and release solution to feral cats, I don't agree with the trap-fix-release program fully as I previously lived in a neighborhood where one of the residents managed to get a 'grant' to fix and release the cats vs having them destroyed by animal control, the ugly came a few years later when the entire neighborhood was overrun with dozens of ferals, wreaking havoc...