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Old Sep 15th 2012, 05:13 PM   #1
 
  Sep 2012
  May, TX
Has anybody had problems with bobcats killing their fawns? I have found 4 dead fawns all with broken necks all in the same pen within the last 3 weeks. We have been in our pens twice a day for the last 2 weeks checking for signs of ehd given that we bought a breeder buck that was delivered to us and died the next evening. Had him tested and he was positive for ehd. So we have been watching closely for signs. All the deer seem to be fine. That pen is the only one that we have lost a deer and they have all been fawns. Suggestions please?
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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Are you sure they are bobcats? Is there sign of them? Are they comin under or goin over your fence. If not i would get a trail cam in there asap!! A little golden might be needed to help rid of the problem!!!
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 06:04 PM   #3
 
  Sep 2012
  May, TX
No Im not sure its bobcats. I havent found any way that any animal can come under the fence so I think its comming over. I have not seen any signs of cats or coyotes. But I know 4 babies is too many. I need to stop whatever it is.
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 06:06 PM   #4
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  Chillicothe, Missouri
I don't see a Bobcat killing a fawn and not taking it with them out of the pen or atleast eating some of the fawn or atleast showing signs of a kill ?



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Old Sep 15th 2012, 06:08 PM   #5
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A broken neck sounds more like something outside the pen spooking or stalking the fawns
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 06:09 PM   #6
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  Jul 2009
  Deer Park, Alabama

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Bobcats usually go over or thru the fence and not under. Most likely if it was a bobcat he would take them out of the pen or atleast eat some of them in the pen. A bobcat usually eats the heart the first night and the hams the next few nights.
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 06:31 PM   #7
 
  Sep 2012
  May, TX
Makes sense. All the fawns were in different areas of the pen. Its a 4 acre pen. They do not appear to be drug very far if even at all. Their insides were eaten but not really anything else. Do yall think it could be ehd given that we had that incident with the breeder buck
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 06:37 PM   #8
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No, if something is eating on them they are also causing them to hit the fence. It may be a racoon. You need to kill the culprit. Try putting some Golden Marlin in the hams of the dead fawn and leave him in the pen. The culprit will come back to eat more.
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 06:51 PM   #9
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 07:02 PM   #10
 
  Sep 2012
  May, TX
Thank you. I will try this and find out what it is.
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 07:13 PM   #11
 
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Originally Posted by Deerchaser
No, if something is eating on them they are also causing them to hit the fence. It may be a racoon. You need to kill the culprit. Try putting some Golden Marlin in the hams of the dead fawn and leave him in the pen. The culprit will come back to eat more.


bear ??? will freek them out just by walking around , if it yots you should here them yappy ( talking to one and outher ) one of their down falls one good thing for us yot hunters man this is a tuff one , i dont think its some thing that wants to eat them or they would ? please keep us posted
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Old Sep 15th 2012, 07:43 PM   #12
 
  May 2009
  Northwest Illinois
I'm no cat expert, but I have a friend that is, he says a cougar will eat the major organs first...lungs, heart, liver.

I don't know, but because they are a cat, maybe a bobcat would do the same.



Just guessing and throwing some ideas out there.



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Old Sep 15th 2012, 08:08 PM   #13
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Bobcats always eat the heart, lungs and liver the first night. They go in right behind the shoulder and not through the stomach. The next night they go for the hams.

Also, they try to hide their kill by covering it up. They are easily trapped with steel traps at a kill site. The trap should be placed in the ground and covered with waxed paper. Then place about 1/2 inch of dirt on the top covering the trap.
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Old Sep 16th 2012, 06:01 AM   #14
 
  Apr 2009
  north, Hopkins Co., Tx.
Deerchaser could be correct. Fox can also climb through a 4" spacing. Fox and racoons can be "hit" with Golden Marlin. Cats usually cover their kills. Are you positive their necks were broken?
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Old Sep 16th 2012, 07:31 AM   #15
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Who's my girlfriend Mark I would like to meet her........Scrape isn't Golden Marlin illegal to use on animals?........I understand it works but we should abide by the laws......maybe it isn't illegal in all States.......but I feel it should be as it is a brutal death that the animals suffer.......we demand respect for our Whitetails and we should do the same for other wildlife.......I am not saying that the nuisance animal should not be dealt with just in a more respectful way......just my opinion..:eek
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