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Wild Cat vs Feral Cat

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Good Ol' Boy, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. OrangeCat

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    My ferals are recruited to eat the squirrels which ate the fuel line out of a new truck.....neighbors started buying food after they found that.
     
  2. armedwalleye

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    Collared cats are tolerated....to a point. I want to know they’re not just dumped. Non collared cats are pests in the country and will be eliminated. Coyotes gotta eat, too. I simply arrange for the pursuit to be shortened for them....at least until I see the coyote...
    On either species, while I take no joy in the killing, I will say the .17 HMR is a game changer.
     
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  3. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Admit it, you crack a smile.
     
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  4. jmorris

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    Yeah we actually imported them to our farm. Not much for people you could spot them from time to time or hear them exit as you entered a barn and the tractor seat would be warm.

    Rodents are not a lot of risk to old equipment but the more wires they have the worse the problem.
     
  5. SgtScrounge

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    The domestic cat -tame or feral- is a straight-up murderer. My neighbor's cat kills everything it can catch; multiply that by the millions of cats out there.
    I am a few miles north of Dinwiddie County; your choices are escaped exotic cat, bobcat, or feral domestic cat. If it was one of the first two, I don't think you would need to ask the question.
     
  6. jmorris

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    That has been my observations, cats are the only other things than humans, I have seen that kill things, just for “fun”.
     
  7. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Most animals in the weasel family kill for fun.
     
  8. Bfh_auto

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    If you like small game, cat's of any sort are a threat to their existence. I recently dealt with this and now have a good quail population.
    My neighbor has 2 cat's that follow him like dogs. Learn your neighbor's pets, the rest are invasive species.
     
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  9. straightshooterjake

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    I will agree with you that many cats will hunt even if they are not hungry. However, I usually do not criticize them for killing for fun, and instead admire their strong work ethic. Ok, I am half joking, but only half.

    Years ago I had an outdoor cat. This was before coyotes had moved east and made outdoor cats mostly a thing of the past in my area. This cat hunted pretty much all day every day. I often wondered why, and I concluded that she was born with physical attributes that made her very good at one thing, so that is what she did. There does not seem to be much more explanation to it. She could have slept all the time, but she chose to use her one skill instead.

    I can certainly see how if you value song birds, a cat's skills and persistence might not be appreciated. But if an excess of rodents is damaging crops, a good predator can be a great benefit. I respect that each person needs assess their own situation, and make the decision that works for them.
     
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  10. Riomouse911

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    I knew when I had a roadrunner or feral cat in my yard, the lizard (both) and bird (cat) population dropped to near zero. Feral cats are the worst!

    I caught one feral cat when trying to catch a trash-can toppling raccoon in a Havahart trap a few years ago. Man that thing was spitting fire when I walked up to it!

    The local shelter is no-kill. I was not happy when they refused to take it because it’s considered unadoptable. I didn’t want to be accused of animal cruelty (PETA nazis are all over here) so I let it go.

    I then started tossing my pointers poop in the bushes that the cat seemed to favor and I guess the smell of dog drove it off. I haven’t had one in the yard ever since.

    Stay safe!
     
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  11. Fine Figure of a Man

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    My little terrier treed a feral cat in one of my pine trees a couple days ago and my new Sig P365 was effective and reliable.
     
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  12. Nathanael_Greene

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    I photographed a roadrunner at Palo Duro Canyon, Texas. It wasn't until I took a closer look that I saw it had caught lunch. Cropped the pic down to this.

    (By the way, where did roadrunners run before there were roads?)

    roadrunner3.jpg
     
  13. Riomouse911

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    They loves them some reptiles!

    I guess they were trailrunners??

    Stay safe!
     
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  14. T.R.

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    I've trapped many feral cats as part of my current job as Maintenance Supervisor for a large condo complex. Most are medium sized but I have caught some large ones.

    TR
     
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    I thought this was going to be a tread about wildcat CARTRIDGES vs. feral cats. :(
     
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  16. Art Eatman

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    I found that with respect to feral cats in my pasture, a .220 Swift or a .243 was a good anti-perpetual-motion machine. Instant quit.
     
  17. MCgunner

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    We've got our outside kitties that just sorta showed up and my wife feeds 'em. They have kittens and I make sure they disappear, put it that way. .22 rounds are only $.04 a piece. :D That's part of the responsibility for living out here, don't want too many cats and they do multiply. We have 5 barn cats and I really should thin 'em out, but you get attached to 'em. They do keep the mice down, at least. There's only a couple I'm really attached to, the other 3 won't let me near 'em, but will sit there and beg when you're putting out food. LOL
     
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  18. jmorris

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    Funny, I have a friend that comes down to our place at least once a month, often more. He told me he never sees chaparral except at our farm. Most are seen around long straight roads that have fields on one side and trees on the other.

    They run fast enough that they open there wings and drift from field to woods with no “flapping”.

    I’d bet they ran from cover to cover. They are obvious in the open but are quite good at being unnoticed as they nest really low to the ground.
     
  19. jmorris

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    A good reason to have at least 10 round mags if you believe TV, they have 9 lives, you know....:)
     
  20. morcey2

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    They're closely related to lawyers, so that's probably why.

    :D
     
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  21. double bogey

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    Audubon Society claims feral cats are the biggest danger to endangered bird species.
    I hate them in my yard smelling the place up. Had a neighbor feeding them, but my live trap has kept them down. No disease vaccinations, fleas and ticks are reason enough for me to get rid of them. I have wad a couple in the trap I was half scared to release in the woods. I also gave one obvious pet a pardon on Christmas day last year.
     
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  22. MihiT

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    Any cat. Domestics are probably worse because the hand-wringers are all like "Aw my cute little moggy would never, I feed it every day blah blah blah"

    Search up Domestic cat effect on wildlife in your area.
     
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    My brother's cat is a killing machine. They put a GPS tracker on him and it was unbelievable how far he wanders killing stuff all along the way.
     
  24. david58

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    I'm a quail and pheasant and songbird person, and domestic and feral cats wreak havoc on the populations, particularly song birds and quail. I have no use for them at all, but since the coyotes take care of em here I don't have to intervene.
     
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  25. jmorris

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    Fire ants took out the qual population around here decades ago, I do miss them. Maybe some feral aardvark’s would help.
     
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