I've had a predator problem around here for a couple of weeks. It took out my ducks and a number of chickens that we let run loose. I keep my good egg layers in big cages to keep them safe and so I can find the eggs. One chicken was killed during the day when it stuck it's head through the mesh of the pen to peck at something outside. The predator grabbed it by the head and tried to pull it through the side of the cage hard enough that the 2"x4" wire mesh was bulged out in the shape of a chicken until the head came off.
I doubted it was a coyote because there were no attempts at digging under the pens.
I put out my large live-catch trap that looks like a have-a-heart trap and wired the remains of one of the dead chickens in as bait. I only had to wait two nights to catch something.
It was fairly small. About 25 inches from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail and about 17 inches high at the top of the shoulders.
It is in the freezer right now awaiting a trip to the taxidermist.
I moved the trap and reset it figuring that the rate of loss of my birds was more than this one critter could account for. I guess I'll find out.
I've got videos of it growling and hissing in the cage when I get the chance to upload them but they are kind of large and I don't want to wait.
Moral of the story: traps are handy things to have around when it comes to eliminating pests of this sort.
Here are the videos.
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