I mentioned in a previous post that even after we turned Rocky Raccoon into chicken-killer stew, something came around and killed another of Sara’s chickens. In fact, it climbed to the top of the hoop-house and ripped open the tarp.
I figured it was yet another raccoon and baited my trap. The next day, the bait was gone and the trap had been dragged 10 feet from where I’d set it. So I baited it again, set a heavy concrete block on top so the trap wouldn’t move, and set my trail camera. The next day, the bait was gone and there were deep scratches in the ground by the opening. Something had eaten the cat food but still managed to back out of the trap. The trap is 12″ high and 32″ long, so I figured maybe it was extra-large raccoon or a fox.
When I checked the trail camera, I found that the @#$%ing thing is now refusing to snap pictures after dark, no matter what settings I choose. So I borrowed a trail camera from a co-worker and set the trap again.
Lookie what I saw when I checked the pictures yesterday:
My first thought was, “Oh, great. Some neighbor’s cat is sniffing around our chickens at night.”
But then I noticed this particular cat seems to be significantly taller than the trap — which, like I mentioned, is 12″ high. And it seems to be as long as the trap or longer — long enough to stick its snout in and eat the food without getting trapped inside when the spring door is tripped. Hmmm, what breed of cat is … and then I saw this picture:
The picture is dark, of course, but if you look closely, you can see the cat has stripes and spots — kind of like this:
So that would be a bobcat. I’m pretty sure my 32″ trap isn’t going to snag this little kitty.