8 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: 02/24/2008
Posts: 3
I need help hunting a black panther in Ireland

I'm living in Ireland. I live on a sheep farm and the biggest thing I've ever shot is a fox. In recent weeks there has been sitings of a big cat in the area. Some say it's a black panther and others say a giant cat. I came across its tracks on my farm and to be honest I've never seen tracks this big before. It has to be a panther. Can anyone advise me on what bait to use and how I can stop this cat killing any more of my sheep or even a small child in the future.

Offline
Moderator
Joined: 12/03/2005
Posts: 1691
I need help hunting a black panther in Ireland

I have no idea as to what wild animals live in Ireland or what it could be, but by your post you say it is killing sheep. Well if so, it is leaving hair and other evidence at the kill sight regardless of what it is. Contact your Dept of Natural resources or whoever deals with wildlife. They can take, or have a field expert attend and take, samples for DNA testing. Testing will tell what species of animal, sometimes sex ,etc.
testing should not take more than a few days or so... that is where I would start.

WELCOME to BGH

Offline
Location: Puyallup, WA / Grand Rapids, MI
Joined: 10/24/2007
Posts: 96
I need help hunting a black panther in Ireland

I would find someone who runs hounds and see if the dogs will track it. I guess you probably don't have hounds that are used to cats over there, but maybe fox dogs would work. That way, instead of shooting it from a distance, you could tree it and get a good ID.

Hammer's advice is probably better, but mine is more fun.

Offline
Joined: 02/24/2008
Posts: 3
I need help hunting a black panther in Ireland

Thanks for the advice guys. What kind of roaming distance could these cats cover?

Offline
Moderator
Location: Nova Scotia
Joined: 08/17/2002
Posts: 1762
I need help hunting a black panther in Ireland

I don't think your particular pather will roam very far because of the solid food source(sheep) but here is some info on the animals that may be helpful. I'd look for local trappers to help with the problem. Chances are they or somebody they know have trapped one in the past and will know the way to do it.

Offline
Joined: 12/05/2005
Posts: 16
Consider yourself lucky

You have a better chance of getting struck by lighting 10X then seeing a large panther in Ireland. I know a few exotic pets were released 4 years ago but they could not survive without human help. More than likely your sheep are brought down by a twisted human not a panther. Consider yourself lucky if you see or take a picture of a panther in Ireland as they must be hanging around with bigfoot and the lockness monster.

Offline
Location: Montana
Joined: 10/24/2006
Posts: 449
I need help hunting a black panther in Ireland

Get some pictures of the tracks with something of a referance point to go by. Pictures of a kill sight would help too. Panthers , mountain lions ect have a specific way of bringing down game that other cats dont.

Offline
Joined: 08/31/2008
Posts: 4
Re: I need help hunting a black panther in Ireland
Twilliger wrote:
I'm living in Ireland. I live on a sheep farm and the biggest thing I've ever shot is a fox. In recent weeks there has been sitings of a big cat in the area. Some say it's a black panther and others say a giant cat. I came across its tracks on my farm and to be honest I've never seen tracks this big before. It has to be a panther. Can anyone advise me on what bait to use and how I can stop this cat killing any more of my sheep or even a small child in the future.

You have a problem of great magnitude. I live in England and share 99.5% of your system of government and know you will be passed off at every turn. We have leopards in England, numbering thousands. Nothing will be done about it until somebody in Eire has been eaten.
What ever you do, DON'T shoot the bloody thing because, nothing on this earth is as mad as a wounded leopard. It is pound for pound, the most powerful mammal on earth. Don't think that any weopon you can own in our islands will do the job, because they won't. I might be able to offer some assistance if you are loosing livestock, but, my wife is sick with chemo therapy just now.
We can't say for sure how much territory the cat has because food is so very easy to obtain in the British Isles. The cats won't need to roam far to keep fed.Are there woods near you.Mine workings also offer these beasts shelter.
I would advise keeping your sheds ,barns, closed and any waste for the bin men, keep in a solid container. Leopards love bin night.
My name is Shaun and my no is 01594 825969 if the problem gets out of hand or you becme worried, ring me.

Location: Michigan
Joined: 03/24/2008
Posts: 14
Re: I need help hunting a black panther in Ireland
Twilliger wrote:
I'm living in Ireland. I live on a sheep farm and the biggest thing I've ever shot is a fox. In recent weeks there has been sitings of a big cat in the area. Some say it's a black panther and others say a giant cat. I came across its tracks on my farm and to be honest I've never seen tracks this big before. It has to be a panther. Can anyone advise me on what bait to use and how I can stop this cat killing any more of my sheep or even a small child in the future.

I'm sorry to see that their is not many willing to help in any other way than to basically tell you, you couldn't have seen one and dodge your actual question.
If you find a fresh kill that is not completely eaten, set up down wind about a 100 yards from it and wait.... unfortunately, it will probably come back to feed at night, but their is always the chance during the day...
As for there not being a gun large enough in Ireland big enough to kill one..... I don't believe it..... a larger caliber rifle is your best option for a quick kill, however, I have heard of a number of cats taken at close range (out of trees) with a .22... one shot through the lungs, the cat hardly feals it, gives a slight flinch, and falls out dead.... houndsmen use this method to ensure the cat is dead when it falls so dogs don't get hurt.... But any deer rifle will bring one down quite nicely...
Good Luck
Clyde

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Could it be possible?...diddydido311/29/2008 19:20 pm
LuresWesternHunter106/08/2009 22:45 pm
Deer stashed in treesJohn A. Lutz112/18/2006 16:01 pm
05 hoyt ultramagbowhunter368109/24/2006 21:01 pm
The tax poemChuck-n-Alaska008/18/2010 20:44 pm