I'll be honest with you. I caught the above Bobcat in a trap intended for an armadillo.
I don't really know how to trap a bobcat with expertise. The cat must have smelled the scent of animals in my trap, and took a look inside out of curiosity.
I didn't use any special bobcat bait or lure, or a special bobcat trapping
set like some of the pro fur trappers use. I photographed
this beautiful animal and released it right then and there, in its native habitat and range. I don't think that nuisance bobcats need to be trapped often, but if you found this web page and you do
need to trap and remove a bobcat, I'm curious as to what problems they cause, so feel free to email me
and let me know! Thanks.
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How To Trap A Bobcat
Although Bobcats are not as common as other problem pests, there are a number of issues that can be caused by such animals, especially if they have been found in an urban area. These handsome animals are very beautiful and are some of the best hunters in the feline family, but when they become resident in urban or suburban areas they can cause problems for humans and domestic animals. Because bobcats will eat as much as they can when prey is available, they will often kill many domestic animals such as cats and dogs, as well as those that are kept for food such as chickens and any other small animals.
The Different Traps That Can Be Used To Catch A Bobcat
There are a range of different traps that can be used to catch a bobcat, and the most suitable one will depend on the location and the problem being caused by the animal. For those who are looking to catch the bobcat alive, there are two main options that you can use, and the right option will depend on how confident you are in dealing with wild animals. For those who aren’t confident in dealing with trapped animals, a cage trap will usually be the most suitable option, as it reduces the amount of contact you need with the bobcat. A paw-grip trap is another option for those who are looking to trap a bobcat alive, but the issue with this option is that the bobcat is likely to lunge towards you as you try to release the trap.
In terms of lethal traps that can be used to catch a bobcat, the main option will be the body gripping style trap that will be spring loaded and will close quickly crushing the animal. The main reason many people prefer to use live traps is that it is irreversible, and these traps will often catch animals other than the targeted bobcat.
The Right Location And Bait For A Bobcat Trap
Bobcats are certainly creatures of habit, and will usually travel the same paths repeatedly. This is why placing a trap on a route that you know the bobcat has used once is likely to deliver good results. If you know where the animal’s den is then placing a trap on an entry or exit route from this den will also work, but try not to disturb the animal as they are naturally wary of humans.
Bobcats are carnivores, so meat and fish will be the most successful bait that you can use in your trap. Food that has a strong smell is most likely to prove irresistible to a bobcat, so sardines and mackerel are popular as bait, as are hot dogs or any other spiced meat.
Dealing With A Trapped Bobcat
Bobcats are fierce animals when they are trapped, so they will need to be treated with caution to ensure that they do not get the opportunity to attack. For those having to move or transport a bobcat, when they are not in a cage would be wise to use a catch pole and to wear protective clothing. The main dangers to be aware of will be scratching with claws and biting, which can transmit the diseases and parasites that can be carried by the bobcat.
Most people who have trapped a live bobcat will want to remove them and release them back into the wild away from urban areas, and as they are animals that can travel long distances it is best to take them at least ten miles, if not more. Some states will have regulations and officials that will deal with the removal of trapped wild animals, so it is worth checking before releasing a bobcat back into its natural habitat.