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How to avoid bobcats, effects of catching them.

Hello, Fairly new to trapping but have enough good teachers willing to help. My dilemma is that the area i've found with a great number of yotes also seems to be VERY heavy in bobcat. This brings me to 2 questions I am hoping you experts can help me with!

1. is there a way to setup for yotes and reduce the risk of catching a bobcat?
2. if i catch any of the cats, whether it be once or numerous times, do they tend to still stay in the area or will this drive them out?

I don't want to wait until Dec. to trap the yotes because i'm afraid rifle season will push them out(or be the demise of some of them), but also don't want to ruin my cat spot!

Help/advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: How to avoid bobcats, effects of catching them.

Stay away from the woods, brushpiles, hedgerows, old buildings, and what not that a cat may hunt. Coyotes can be caught out in the open, but cats will tend to stay tighter to cover.
It's much easier to avoid coyotes and catch cats than vice versa.


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Re: How to avoid bobcats, effects of catching them.

I caught the same mean old Tom barn cat, in the same trap, 3 nights in a row and released it per the farmer's request. I told him every time I caught the cat and he just laughed and said some day he'll learn.
To me, a cat is a cat and they don't seem to be as fussy as canines.


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Re: How to avoid bobcats, effects of catching them.

I've learned many times after catching a bobcat, especially a male, they leave an area. An established female will be hard to change and may not do much more than avoid the prox. of the catch area. I talked to a pro out west that cathces 100's and their bobcats definetly move on to another area, but that is a wider range than our small woods. Animal.

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Re: How to avoid bobcats, effects of catching them.

if you got a cats spot they will still be there even if you catch them early. they dont move far if at all. my boy caught and released a male in nov. once and we killed the same cat with the hounds not 300 yards from the spot in dec.
cats aren't the sharpest when it comes to traps. you may not get the same cat on the same lure/ bait but they can be caught again in the same area. rifle hunters won't drive them out either if food and cover is there, or they would have been driven out last season. i run the same cats time after time with the dogs and they get a little smarter as far as how to shake a hound but they don't leave or at least if they do more move right in because there are always cats there.

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Re: How to avoid bobcats, effects of catching them.

My experiences with cats are similar to the post above (bobcats).

Animal... I'm suprised to hear there is a pro out west catching hundreds of cats and is releasing enough of them to come to that conclusion.
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