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Do bobcats eat cats? — 5 Comments

  1. It’s not a crime to hunt bobcats, and they are out of control here in Oregon and are hard on birds such as grouse and turkey and chucklers and the cats are fun to hunt and pursue and hunters are the best control along with trappers to control predators so other wildlife has a chance to survive as well. Bobcats are able to kill and eat small deer as well. Here in Oregon we have a bad predator problem and deer and elk numbers are down because of it, due to the wolf and cougar explosions and anti hunters like you getting reasonable means of managing them curtailed. Why shouldn’t a hunter like myself be able to kill a deer and or elk to fill a freezer with quality lean meat for table fare rather than have our big game herds desiccated and wildlife managers only managing the hunter instead of managing the big game herds and being able to manage the predator

  2. I just witnessed my 15lb domestic cat go nearly nose to nose with a very large bobcat, they were less than 2 feet apart. While my cat was growling and puffed up, the bobcat was not and at that distance could have easily killed my cat. It is not the first encounter my cat has had with bobcats and it usually ends with each staring at each other from afar.

    • Thanks for that. It’s what I’d expect. I’d expect these two species of cat to respect each other normally except under exceptional circumstances. From the bobcat’s point of view it’s foolhardy to try and attack an adult domestic cat because there is a chance of getting hurt and that may mean the gradual starvation of the bobcat.

  3. Cats aren’t a preferred morsel for a bobcat.
    Perhaps, out of desperation when rabbits, chickens, etc. are scarce, they may consume.
    A starving human has been known to consider that too.
    As for Jeff Duke, of Nuisance Wildlife Control and Removal, He can kiss my _ss!

    • I agree! He didn’t have to kill the bobcat! I had cats killed by coyotes & as upset as I was I didn’t go hunt them down for doing what’s in their nature. I learned a very hard lesson abt predators vs. house pets. It’s safer to keep domesticated animals indoors.

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