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Gracie, Cindy and Sharon watch the macho logger tree farmer closely. They feel safe with him nearby. They also keep a close eye on the kittens as they play.

It has now been nine days since the cougar attack.  The U.S.D.A. wildlife trackers continue to check the traps and have left “fresh bait”…but still no cougar.  The macho logger tree farmer is in the process of building a sleeping shed and a 20′ secure yard (6′ chain-link fencing including a chain-link roof!) adjacent to the chicken’s cougar-proof house and yard.  This is where we will secure the three remaining goats from one hour before sundown until one hour after sunrise (cougar hours).  It is closer to the house than the large three-sided barn in the pasture below. This will be a good thing during the rainy season.  During the day, the girls can spend time in their barn below or browse the pasture.  At least now, we feel comfortable that we can add to the herd in the future without feeding the cougars!

The area from the edge of the chickens’ yard to the now pasture will be added and the pasture opened up to it. Fenced area under construction.

 

6 Responses to Outwitting a mountain lion…

  • Shirley Bigham says:

    I am so glad you are building a secure area for the goats. the cougar is just not going to leave you all alone and seems to remain a threat. The people next door probably cannot build such an enclosure due to the amount of goats they have.

  • Heather says:

    I’m glad the goats will have a safe place to be. Having a hungry cougar around would be quite worrisome! They are so cute, and so is that adorable kitten! Do you have to worry about Daisy too?

    • Dianne says:

      I agree, Heather! The two kittens (wannabe farmcats) play outside or in the garage during the day and are brought into the garage to spend the night before dusk.

  • Laura says:

    Cougars are the keystone predator in many northwest ecosystems. They will slice through siding of barns to get what’s inside. They will climb 10′ telephone poles and go over elk fence to get to sheep (personal experience). They do hunt during the day, too. Electric fencing helps a lot. You need to make it very, very hard for them to get your goats, or they will keep coming back.

    The tracker will not find them (it) – Cougar territories cover 15 square miles!!! Your cougar has moved on. It will be be back, but you cannot predict when. It is very, very hard to outsmart a giant hungry cat.

  • Janet Anderson says:

    Aren’t you thankful that you have such an accommodating husband who’s willing to go to all that work to protect your animals? My parents have told me about a cougar that, amazingly, has been sighted several times in their area of Indiana. It has killed some livestock. Nobody has been able to find it to destroy it yet. And nobody knows where it came from, though there is a wild animal rescue place in Center Point (Clay County) that it might have escaped from.

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