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Bobcats vs Domestic Dogs & Chickens ... electro-netting

 
Kahty Chen
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Location: Southern Oregon
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We spotted a bobcat about 200 feet away from the chicken coop today. My dog was inside and wanted to get out and chase after it badly. My dog is a 50 lb chow/shepherd/heeler mix. The bobcat was pretty calm, and just slowly wandered off, even with me following it with binoculars. We're grateful to have gotten to see such a beauty, but now we need to understand the dangers.

I see plenty of info regarding bobcats taking small dogs, but can't get a sense of the risk of having my dog out with the bobcat. Anyone have enough experience with bobcats and dogs to share, give some tips, or advise?

My dog is guardy and aggressive, but she's also a baby who sleeps on our bed  ... She's been smart about bears, at least we think she hasn't gone after any. She chases off any fox and deer she sees, and has shown interest in coyotes.

Also, what's your experience with bobcats and electric net fencing? Effective deterrent?
 
                          
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A dog that size should be able to hold his own against a bobcat.  Remember that folks hunt bobcats (and Cougars) with hounds not much bigger than yours.
 
                            
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Any bobcat just meandering would make me a little nervous.  Where we live, they say that if you see it during the day, it's ill, etc.
I have two boxers that will take on anything that gets in their space, but big cats?  Not worth potential injury to the pets as far as I'm concerned.  My husband saw a cougar a few years ago, and the guy that lives behind us had a face to face encounter with one.  He's a hunter/ trapper and was getting his cameras from the creek area when suddenly.....He said the cougar scooted off pretty darn quick, but he was so surprised he didn't have time to react before it was gone.

This was the first year that I lost two hens, probably to coyotes.    That's the price you pay when they free range, I guess.  There was milo planted in the fields next to us, so plenty of cover for predators.  I never considered electric fencing, but there's plenty of people around here that use it, maybe more to keep their critters in?  I don't know.

I can't do it, but most people out here will shoot anything that threatens their homestead, livestock, etc.  I thought about shooting w/ buckshot, just to scare it off, but was told that all I'm going to do is piss it off.
 
uma kirkwood
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The electric netting should help quit a bit. Try placing peanut butter in strategic places (freshen it as needed), to teach the predators a new respect for electric fencing. All animals seem to love peanut butter.

 
mick mclaughlin
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Location: Augusta,Ks
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A huge bobcat is around 35lbs, so no worries. My mountain curs have killed a couple, and they average around 40lbs(dogs, not the cats). In fact, a good chase from your dog and I would bet Mr.Kitty would have found somewhere else to go. Tom's have a pretty big range.

They are an overgrown house cat, not a super natural being.
 
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