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Some general questions

So if I have a suspicion that a mountain lion has been taking some of my goats and sheep and since I've never directly dealt with this animal, what should I do?

1) If I waited out for a few nights to shoot it, what are my chances of actually getting it?
2) Would I want to leave the dogs inside or let them sit on the porch with me?
3) Would a flood light over the livestock keep the mountain lion away?
4) Would I want to keep the porch lights on or turn them off while I'm waiting for it?

Any other advice is certainly appreciated.

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Re: Some general questions

The first thing that you need to do is check with your state game and fish department and see just what you are able to do as far as protecting your animals. They may send out an investigator to check the caucuses to see if they can determine just what it was that killed them. They may even be able to offer you some money for restitution for the animals that were killed by a predator. I don't believe that your chances of sitting up all night on your porch with a rifle or shotgun across your lap would be very productive except for keeping you from getting a nights sleep. If it is a lion you may want to see if there is an outfitter with dogs that may want to bring a client out to your property and track the lion down.

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Re: Some general questions

Thanks for the info, critter. I will check on all you've recommended.

However, say I still want to wait up for the mountain lion since its coming around every few days and I have some time:

Would I want to leave the dogs inside or let them sit on the porch with me? Would a flood light over the livestock keep the mountain lion away? Would I want to keep the porch lights on or turn them off while I'm waiting for it? Would the thing come out if it was raining some? What are my chances of seeing it, and if I actually see it, what are my chances of actually getting it?

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Re Some general questions

Not sure if you have your animals in a big pasture or in a fenced in area. But if it's practical put some trial cameras up. It will give you an idea of what time they are visiting, what predator it is. This will help out if you are unable to sit out all night every night till they show up again. Good luck keep us posted

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