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What the HECK was that!??! Pellet gun shooting?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by WooingWyandotte, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Last night in the middle of the night, DM and DF woke up to my OEGB hen sqwuaking her butt off (her and her chick were in their pen) so they hurried out of bed while I was sleeping like a log in my own comfy bed, if it wasn't for them we would have had two less chickens than we do now.
    Anyways, they tramped out there with a flashlight and DF saw a long tan animal shoot away. He thought it was a bobcat, there has been one lurking around lately but if it was long I kinda doubt it.
    3:00 am they hear sqwauking again, bless their hearts they run out there again and DF shined the flashlight at the pen they were in, a head shot up and he saw two gleaming eyes, the head went down, then up looking at him again, and it turned then shot back into the brush.
    When I went out to do chores this morning I looked around for any signs about what animal had been there and found a paw print right by her pen. It was deep in the dirt, indicating the thing was heavyish. I'm inclined to think it was a possum. The paw print was had a slender pad and toes with claws. The whole things was about 2" long.
    We live on the west side of the Mississippi and deep in the forest. There are a lot of creeks nearby. The wilderness is filled with poison oak, brush, sticks, close trees...it's also VERY hilly. Few places on our property are flat.

    Help!

    WW

    UPDATE!

    Dad wants to shoot it with a pellet gun....help.
    Will it not come back if he does? I doubt it. But I guess if he wants to take a shot at it he can, I'm concerned if he
    wounds it fatally and it runs off and dies slowly...I would feel terrible.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2011
  2. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should set a live trap and see what you get! Also make sure your coop/pen is very secure just in case no one wakes up next time it comes, it will no doubt be back since it knows that there are chickens around. Good luck!
     
  3. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, we spent all today securing my chicken pens. I have a feeling it will keep coming back till the supply is depleted. [​IMG] And what type of live traps are good to get?
     
  4. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if they thought brown i'd lean toward a fox. seems like it fits alot better then a possum
     
  5. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah but the paw print I found definitley wasn't a fox...
     
  6. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you post a pic of the foot print? We may be able to ID with a pic...I do not know of any opossums that can leave a two inch footprint...
     
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  7. debs_flock

    debs_flock Overrun With Chickens

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  8. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    or a brown possum never seen one if the print doesnt have claw marks its prob some sort of cat.
     
  9. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    The skunk track looked like the culprit...but skunks aren't tan, are they? [​IMG] Of course not, so what could it be!? I've been racking my brain. We have some weird wildlife out here...could've been anything.
     
  10. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sry the way i wrote my last post was kinda smart elic which i didn't intend where are u at if u don't mind.
     

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