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Q: Cougars?

January 8, 2012 | By Ches21 | 4 answers | Expired: 913 days ago

Ches21

I have a friend who has had a cougar on her property she has called fish and wildlife and talked to the person in charge but they won't do anything about it she has foster animals for the rescue and her dog has been going nuts they cleared the trees on the hill above her and the wildlife has no where to go now other than human property where it could be dangerous for the animals or the people where does she turn to now to have them remove the cougar from her area she has seen it more than once or twice?

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Kelly
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Jan 11, 2012

As others have said, Fish and Wildlife will usually kill a cougar rather than live trap it and relocate it. They say it's too expensive, too time-consuming, and not very effective to try to trap them or tranquilize them, so they just shoot them. If your friend has plants around her house that attract deer, they should be removed. The deer will attract the cougars because they are natural prey. Also trim all shrubs so the cougar can't rest or hide under them. Outdoor lighting helps too. Don't leave food out for animals. If they feed outside animals like feral cats or other wildlife, feed well before dark and pick up the food as soon as they've finished eating and don't leave it out. Keep dogs and cats indoors in the evenings and nights. Keep any other outdoor animals such as livestock in secure pens or stalls at night. Make sure lids fit tightly and securely on garbage cans and don't leave food scraps that can be attractive to wildlife in them. The best defense if you live in areas frequented by cougars is a very tall fence with angled top like your typical cat fence only taller. As far as humans go, cougar attacks are extremely rare on humans. It's typically the young cougars that are just left their mothers and are starting out finding their own territories that are at greatest risk of attacking people.

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Jillian
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Jan 09, 2012

Your friend may want to look into ways to repel cougars, w/o attracting other wildlife - so no wolf urine! Perhaps bonfires in her backyard would deter them, the smell of smoke scaring them. Fish & Wildlife generally put down "nuisance animals", so it'd be in their best interest to remove the cougars before neighbors start complaining.

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NonGlassMenagerie
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Jan 09, 2012

She might see if there are any wildlife rehabilitators in her area who are willing to help. If Fish and Game or Parks and Wildlife get involved, they'll kill the cat more than likely. We have big cats that wander around our property all the time. As long as you monitor your pets when they're outside, keep them in a fenced-in yard so they don't go off too far, and bring them in at night, there's not much danger for pets and almost none to people. Usually the only time they would attack a person is if they are starving, threatened, or feel their kittens are being threatened. Most of the time the cats will stay in the area for a short time and then move on unless they have an abundant food source, so keep all outdoor food picked up and don't leave throw-away food in outdoor trash bins.

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daryl b.
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Jan 09, 2012

i wonder why they won't relocate him. you know everyone complains about squirrels but they have the same problem. we the so called humas have taken all their ground. i am not proud of us. i sure hope your friend finds a solution before it gets one of her fosters. soon it will be spring and probably baby cougers.shame

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