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Anyone know anything about mnt lion trapping?

 
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:28 AM
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Re: Anyone know anything about mnt lion trapping?

The best I can do is offer the advise given to me by an ol' timer about trapping The cougar. He said it works best on the polar bear but will work on anything really. You need an icy spot, which can be challenging this time of year. You cut a hole in the ice and line it with peas. When that big nasty cat comes up to take a pea, you sneak up and kick him in the ice hole!

Walla Job Done!

If that does not work, I would agree that holding a lion is tough. They can be snared, but you will kill the lion or neighborhood dogs. Hanging a largish bird wing on a type of swivel works great as an attractor. You can use a (frozen cottontails for bobcats accidently catch them) hot weather resistant cottontail rabbit impression LOADED WITH CATNIP!
For some reason the cat nip makes them loose their cautious keen senses. It can even be used on a well traveled trail to keep them around, they love it!

Best of luck.If the trapping gig fails, turn out the hounds, tree that bastard then step back 600 paces, long range shoot the Murdering dog eating beast, and be done with it!
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:44 PM
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Re: Anyone know anything about mnt lion trapping?

Use a bear trap (the kind made from a large metal tube with a drop gate). Tie a goat inside.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:41 PM
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Re: Anyone know anything about mnt lion trapping?

Wolf Traps set up well, work for Lions, They can be brought to scent, baits work, but in most states they have to be covered unless a natural kill is found to set near. In Idaho no bird wings or feathers can be used. I nipped a few lions when I lived in SW MT and trapped for years. I have not caught or nipped one here in Idaho. But know some one in the Fed Control business that has trapped them and held them in traps and snares. Wolf snares would work for lion. Bear foot snares are good for lions for cable size. They do have a territory and will come back in a few days to a week on the average if in a big area. Bobcat lures work on lions also., good ones are worth the money. Good luck, and your other biologists should know someone with the right traps and methods down there.

See the Wolf Forum for threads with trap recommendations and rigging.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:29 AM
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Re: Anyone know anything about mnt lion trapping?

We have a pretty large trap in which we tried what you are asking to do, trap a mountain lion.

Large cylindrical shape trap that we had successfully trapped a bobcat in earlier in the year. It has a small box cage in the top where we put a chicken that can't be harmed by any cat or dog that finds it's way into the trap. It has a slid down trap door triggered by a pressure plate. Needless to say, the mountain lion has evaded it twice, and even stolen the chicken once. Both times the door was bent outward. I think on both occasions, it was only halfway in when it triggered the door, and the door didn't fully shut allowing it to bend and push it out, which is no easy feat for an animal with that metal. Our trap is very old and the metal is not as strong as it once was, but took a mallet to bend the metal back into place.

Good luck on your endeavors.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:52 PM
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Re: Anyone know anything about mnt lion trapping?

As you can see, clear as mud.

I'm thinking you haven't even determined if you have a mountain lion problem. Seeing a mountain lion isn't necessarily a mountain lion problem. They've been there all along but you almost never see them. In most cases, losing a pet is an owner problem. Manage your pets and you won't have suspicious losses. Losing stock is another story. I think your about to find out that a trap in your hand doesn't make you a trapper any more than a hammer makes you a carpenter. Luck.

You'll probably be better served by calling USDA Wildlife Services or hiring a professional Nuisance Wildlife Control Professional. Home of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:55 PM
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Re: Anyone know anything about mnt lion trapping?

We haven't heard the outcome of all of this, and it's been 3 years. Poor fellow must have got the cat scratch fever trying roosters patented kick him in the ice hole while he's taken a pea method.
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:48 PM
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Re: Anyone know anything about mnt lion trapping?

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We haven't heard the outcome of all of this, and it's been 3 years.
Whoops, I missed that. Either way, the problems probably solved. Died of old age!
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