Panthers, also known as cougars, mountain lions and pumas, can be a nuisance when their hunger intercepts with your poultry, livestock, or pets. A cougar will efficiently deplete the wildlife population or farm animals in any given area... and then they are gone. Their roaming habits dictate they will stay in a territory for only a short period before they move on to new hunting grounds. You can be clear of cougar issues today and be surprised by a dangerous problem the next. Wildlife Whisperer Ned Bruha has worked on panther issues on several occasions, if you are in Florida, please call us immediately if you suspect you have a cougar in your area.
Safety & Prevention
Time is of the essence when it comes to protecting your home, family, livestock and pets from panthers. It is mandatory to take safety and prevention steps now before cougars become a problem, a problem that is not easily solved. We would be happy to help and we can assist you with some elaborate, yet simple preventative measures.
The Wildlife Whisperer, Inc., has no kill solutions that can help, there are many humane ways to remedy nuisance cougar depredation other than hunting, shooting and trapping.
Prevention begins by knowing the facts about panthers, including everyday habits, signs they are near and cougar attack behavior.
Cougar Control Through
Prevention and Safety
Puma safety starts with prevention, and there are steps you can take right now that will go a long way toward keeping mountain lions under control ...
- Know and watch for the signs including feces.
- Never feed your pets outdoors.
- Install motion sensing lights around your home.
- Fence your poultry and livestock.
- Do not feed wildlife, including the birds.
- Keep garbage cans tightly closed. Double bag all meat scraps.
- Trim bushes and tall grass surrounding the house.
- Do not leave children or pets unattended in the yard if you are in mountain lion territory.
- Cut and remove thick underbrush, eliminate brush and garbage piles and mow lawn often.
- Educate and encourage neighbors to follow similar safety procedures.
- Invest in a guard donkey. Yes, a guard donkey. The meaner, the better.
Mountain Lion Attack
And Feeding Habits
Panthers are ambush hunters, and they like topography that accommodates this trait. They are very cautious, so areas that have tall grass, trees, and brush are desirable.
They will eat anything and everything from an insect to a deer. One large animal, such as a deer is consumed at least every one to two weeks. This may change to a few days when the mother is feeding young. Typically, they are not scavengers, but will return to their own food cache which they cover with brush and grass.
When a mountain lion attacks its prey, it usually attempts to plant its teeth into the mouth, neck, spine or anus areas. Once it has a hold of the prey, it will utilize its powerful claws and strength to take it to the ground.
The only natural predators of the cougar or puma, as they are also called, are bears and wolves. In some states it is up to state wildlife officials to employ measures to keep the population down. Many states do not allow cat hunting, and others do not allow trapping.
In Florida, the panther is an endangered species, making preventative measures just that much more important.
If You Encounter A Panther
When encountering a cougar, there are things you can do to help head off the attack - including fighting and yelling - throw rocks or use pepper spray, maintain eye contact and never turn your back.
And remember, you are even more likely to be a potential target for lion attack when small children are present.
If you suspect a mountain lion, coyote, bobcat or feral dog attacked or killed your animal, before disposing of the body, consider shaving the fur off the animal to expose the attack wounds. Allowing us to examine the attack wounds often helps us identify what animal killed your animal. Be aware that many times, we find that feral dog packs did the killing.
If you're looking for more information on pumas you might enjoy visiting the following web sites ...
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