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I have a Bobcat that I had mounted.I just notice that the Fur is comming off on the back legs,it just peels off.What is the problem and what can be done to fix it.I had it done in Texas 5 yrs ago and was never happy with the mount.From now on I will always bring things home to mount.

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Can you post a pic of the damaged areas and the fur as it comes off? There's a myriad of things that could be going on there---from bug infestation to poor skin prep to poor tanning to spoilage. A pic will help.
If you were never happy with the mount why did you pay for it and leave with it? Or was it shipped to you sight unseen?
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It was shipped unseen and I did send it back once,I`ll post pictures...thanks

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Looks like it might be fur moths. The problem with them is they will even get into mounts that were commercially tanned by a reputable tanner, however they are more likley to get into stuff not tanned well, or plain raw furs. Like the native dermestids, you can't 100% prevent them, but it is advisable to not have any raw furs or improperly preserved animal parts during warm months. If you had a raw fur for instance hanging in the same room, the bugs will be attracted to that first, then move on to anything else they like nearby. The moths also attack feathers with equal glee.

Fur moths are quite small in size and are a tan/white color. It is actually their larvae that cause the damage. If you see clumps of grey to white tiny balls in the damaged area, this is from the fur moth larvae. If you see brown small fuzzy casing looking things, then the problem is dermestid larvae.

To kill anything on the mount, freeze the whole thing for a few days. Clean up everything around where the mount was and inspect any other mounts, furs, feathers, etc for similar damage.
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That looks like a BAD bug problem to me. Do you have any other taxidermy items in your home? If so, you need to isolate them as soon as possible.
The source of the infestation was, most likely, something already in the home before the cat arrived. Do you have "home taxidermy items" like turkey tails, deer feet or antlers with skin still attached? These are all possible sources for the infestation. If so, you must incinerate them immediately before everything in your collection is destroyed. I've also seen infestations come from bags of dog food, cat food or bird seed stored inside. These items are FULL of dermestids and should be stored outside away from any taxidermy.
Sorry to hear about your mount but you need to hire an exterminator as quickly as possible to prevent total destruction of everything in your collection. Dermestids are the sourge of the earth when it comes to taxidermy.
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I have alot of taxidermy in my home and I bomb my home twice a year to help prevent this. I will set of the bug bombs and leave the house for the day. I then open up the windows for 30 minutes to let it air out. Then you have to wipe all your eating and food prep areas down and clean all counters. It's a pain but worth the time to maintain your memories. Good luck.
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