Visited by a mountain lion....scary!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JenMT, May 11, 2009.

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  1. JenMT

    JenMT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 21, 2009
    Kalispell, Montana
    Hey All!
    Any ideas for protecting my flock and discouraging visits from a mountain lion? I have heard of electrifying the run but I'm wondering if there is anything less expensive I could do. Is it the smell of chickens that is attracting them, my coop doesn't really smell at all but my Flock Block does smell a little bit? Is there a certain smell that discourages or turns mountain lions off? Montana Fish and Game will come out today to confirm, but they will not trap or relocate a mountain lion, they said that all mountain lion habitat is already claimed. I'm 95% sure we had one on Saturday night, the hens were pretty anxious/nervous and all the area farm dogs were going nuts. I thought that someone was hurting a woman in my backyard because I woke up to a horrible sounding high pitched/woman-like scream for about 10 minutes. I almost called 911! (stupid) I turned on my outside porch lights and made a bunch of noise while I went out to check on the chickens with a flashlight. It never occured to me until yesterday that it could be a mountain lion, I really just assumed that it was an injured dog or deer or maybe farm cats fighting. We live in rural Montana about 1/2 mile from the Swan Mountain Range in one direction and 1/2 mile from a lake in the other direction. Most of my neighbors have wooded or partially wooded lots but mine is in trees, we all have 5 acre lots. (I keep the coop closed up at night and the run is 5 foot tall with 1 foot dug into the ground, chicken wire over the top. The whole coop is inside my 1 acre orchard and garden area which is surrounded by a 6 foot heavy gauge deer fencing but I'm sure if a mountain lion wanted to get in he could. I found a web-site that let me hear a mountain lion scream and it really CONFIRMED my assumption....any suggestions for me? Thank you for your input!
  2. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2009
    The best way is to get a Kurdistan Dog or a Bear Dog which can protect your flock
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
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