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    Problem with big cats and my free range chickens

    We've lost three chickens the last few days to some kind of big cat. I've been told Bobcats are the local big cat, but this one has more of a body profile of a Puma or Mountain lion. No spots, about 4 feet nose to rear( not including tail), about 2 - 2/5 feet tall at shoulder and looks solid medium gray in color. We've seen him twice hanging close to our coop and always runs off to a small gulley by my front pond. For now we are keeping the 6 we have left in the coop, but I need to put this critter down.
    Considering baiting with slightly rancid store bought chicken parts, but really have no idea what I am doing. Not like posting up in a stand for a deer, I will be probably be posted up on my raised deck as that has the best vantage point to the area where the cat is hunting. Want to try and handle myself as opposed to hiring someone to setup a trap..Any advice???
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    I would buy a trap and set it up next to a game trail if you can find one, and bait it with chicken parts.

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    I had the same problem last Fall. Lost all the ducks, and then one hen every other night. I set up a game camera in the hen yard and discovered it was a very big Bobcat. I tried live traps baited with chicken parts, even a young rooster, but the cat was too smart to go in the trap. Tried snares, even a leg trap - all no workie. Never did manage to get him - he evidently got tired of the menu or a neighbor got him. Good luck on your efforts- those critters are smart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassrh View Post
    I had the same problem last Fall. Lost all the ducks, and then one hen every other night. I set up a game camera in the hen yard and discovered it was a very big Bobcat. I tried live traps baited with chicken parts, even a young rooster, but the cat was too smart to go in the trap. Tried snares, even a leg trap - all no workie. Never did manage to get him - he evidently got tired of the menu or a neighbor got him. Good luck on your efforts- those critters are smart.
    Wife just saw him - calmly walking along just above the gully, brazen critter would stop and look at her , then just keep on slowly walking. Obviously this critter isn't too scared of humans. Wish she had her pistol on, but now she does.
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    Motion sensor
    Wireless doorbell and a 10/22. To me, living on the gulf coast our "lynx" are a solid short haired buff brown with long black ear tuffs and are bigger than our fluffy multi colored furred bobcat with light colored ear tuffs. Both love birds.
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    You might have to do some active hunting or laying in wait. So is he taking them day or night? If at night, you can try some motion sensor lights with an intermittent strobe function. It annoys the hell out of them, and alerts you that there is something there. I've been in NW Arkansas, and a cougar wouldn't surprise me, or Turpentine Creek is missing a resident.

    Cats are opportunist and timing is going to be important. At 150 yards or less a .22 Magnum or larger can take care of the problem. If it is not afraid to be seen during the day, and a big cat, it's use to people. Daylight is best if you've seen him, but if you miss, it will move to the night if hungry.

    I would definitely get a couple of game cameras setup to start documenting it's habits and make sure of your target.

    Maloy
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    You may have some luck using a bird call like this one. https://www.birdcall.com/products/audubon-bird-call Just keep calling virtually non-stop. If no response in 45 minutes try again later. It has worked here in Minnesota.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maloy View Post
    You might have to do some active hunting or laying in wait. So is he taking them day or night? If at night, you can try some motion sensor lights with an intermittent strobe function. It annoys the hell out of them, and alerts you that there is something there. I've been in NW Arkansas, and a cougar wouldn't surprise me, or Turpentine Creek is missing a resident.

    Cats are opportunist and timing is going to be important. At 150 yards or less a .22 Magnum or larger can take care of the problem. If it is not afraid to be seen during the day, and a big cat, it's use to people. Daylight is best if you've seen him, but if you miss, it will move to the night if hungry.

    I would definitely get a couple of game cameras setup to start documenting it's habits and make sure of your target.

    Maloy
    It is a daytime hunter - looking at my game camera footage over the last month - seems like late morning and early evening is when he prowls my property. I've got my 357 lever, Sub2K, a couple of 22 rifles close at hand, and am wearing my 5" 45. Spent last few hours posted up - no luck..Drove around and down into the gulley with my gator ( handicapped so no trail walking for now). I did find a couple of poss trails - but no paw prints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spentprimer View Post
    You may have some luck using a bird call like this one. https://www.birdcall.com/products/audubon-bird-call Just keep calling virtually non-stop. If no response in 45 minutes try again later. It has worked here in Minnesota.
    I've been trying chicken noises on a loop for this afternoon..Making my chickens angry though, as they are locked up in coop.
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    I'll just wish you good luck!
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