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There’s a lot to be said for peace of mind.  Being able to go to sleep at night and not worry that, sometime in the dark of the night, you’ll lose another one of your livestock to a relentless mountain lion.  The macho logger tree farmer is still hard at work on completing the best solution for keeping the remainder of our goat herd safe.  He has built a fenced in (including roof) cage for the goats – adjacent to the chickens’ cage just like it.   He has finished the fenced cage but is now in the process of building a sleeping shed inside the cage.  Plus, the bottom of the front of the cage has to be finished with concrete to keep the cougar from being able to get in there.  In addition, he must pour a concrete slab in front of the shed since the rainy season has begun and that will become a mud hole and contribute to hoof problems – which we want to prevent.  Hopefully, in another week or so, we will be able to start housing the goats in there at night.  Sad to say, there is no 100% guarantee that this will keep this mountain lion away from our goats, but it will definitely be a deterrent!
The U.S.D.A. Wildlife Specialist (tracker) stopped by on his way back from our neighbor’s farm this morning checking on the traps he set last week.  Still no cougar but the tracker feels confident he will catch or kill him…all thanks to the rainy season.  The dogs can track a scent easier now evidently.
Here are a few scenes from the work-in-progress so far and three little interested goats…

Sharon and Samantha…

 

Gracie outside the new sleeping cage…

 

 

View of the goats pasture from inside their sleeping cage…

 

View of the chickens’ and goats’ cages from the side area

 

 

8 Responses to Peace of mind…

  • Elizabeth says:

    Looks pretty safe to me, I don’t know how anything could get in there now! Your 19 days are going by rather slowly, I think!

    • Dianne says:

      Let’s hope nothing gets in there!

      The nineteen days are now down to three and I will meet my new granddaughter…MAGGIE…Saturday evening after a day of flying from the Pacific NW to Chicago! I am beyond excited! Can you tell?!

  • I know how you feel; raccoons took out my chickens one night. Now I don’t want to worry you, but my neighbor swears he saw some of those mask hooligans buying acetylene torches at the hardware store. Hopefully, Oregonian varmints haven’t discovered this option.

    • Dianne says:

      LOL! Let’s hope these treacherous mountain lions don’t have enough sense to buy any acetylene torches at Lowes or Home Depot! They’re bad enough without it!

  • Christine says:

    Gosh your cougar defences look pretty good. I remember my Grampa telling me stories about cougars from his childhood in the woods of Northern California. Their family also raised angora goats. I can’t imagine they had such fortifications, though. Perhaps a hundred years ago the cougars were under less pressure and didn’t come so close to humans?

    • Dianne says:

      One hundred years ago, your Grampa didn’t have a silly Oregon senate refusing to reinstate the “cougar hunting bill” (hunting cougars with dogs – the only way you can track them!)! He could just take his trusty gun and shoot them if he happened to see them threatening harm to his livestock. Granted, I started out thrilled that there were bears, mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats on this mountainside tree farm…but, right now, there’s one sneaky mountain lion I could live without! 😉

  • tanna says:

    Mercy me. I hope they catch that mountain lion soon. Until then, looks like the macho logger guy has done a great job of making a fort against the attack! blessings ~ tanna

  • Iain says:

    Wow….that’s sure some heavy-duty fencing there. Cougars…..well, maybe it’s necessary! We had Lynx around us in northern Sweden but they never came too near and at the time we had no goats! We used to keep Anglo Nubians way back when we ran a smallholding in the Welsh Hills. Fine creatures and good quality milkers, though, on a personal note, they never seemed to take to me, preferring J’s hand and bucket technique. Winter must be heading your way soon. Have a good, mild winter (relatively)! Best.

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