Can I shoot a bobcat in my yard?

Can I shoot a bobcat in my yard?

Can I shoot a bobcat in my yard?

Even if there is a city code making discharge illegal, it's STILL legal to defend your property. Your chickens are your property. If you see a raccoon, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, the big bad wolf, Magilla Gorilla, or F'ing Godzilla himself killing your chickens, you can shoot and kill it legally.

Is there a hunting season for bobcats in Indiana?

Bobcats are still a protected species in the state, meaning they cannot be hunted or trapped. Their current status as well as increases in the amount of habitat available has allowed them to further increase their range in the state. Between 1970 and 2012, the IDNR confirmed bobcat reports in 52 Indiana counties.

Do we have bobcats in Indiana?

Bobcats are the only resident native wild cats in Indiana, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Generally solitary and secretive, these animals are often between 30-50 inches long, around two feet high, weigh between 15-30 pounds and have a tail that is usually between 4-5 inches.

Can bobcats be hunted?

California has enacted a law that bans bobcat trapping and trophy hunting and mandates a science-based management plan that will maintain healthy bobcat populations across the state. Bobcats are not considered a game animal, so they are generally hunted for trophy or fur.

Would a bobcat kill a dog?

Bobcats kill and eat a variety of animal species, from tree squirrels to deer, but will occasionally prey on livestock, fowl and household companion animals, such as rabbits, cats and dogs.

What do you do if you see a bobcat in your yard?

Should you encounter a bobcat, you should keep as much distance between you and the animal as possible:

  1. Immediately protect children and pets.
  2. Back away from the bobcat slowly and deliberately.
  3. Avoid running away because that could trigger a pursuit response.
  4. If possible, spray the animal with water.

Can I shoot a coyote in my yard in Indiana?

Landowners may take coyotes year-round on their private property by trapping or shooting without possessing a wild animal control permit from the DNR and without having a hunting or trapping license. ... Individuals may also get help with coyote conflicts by contracting a licensed wildlife control operator.

Do mountain lions live in Indiana?

The mountain lion (Puma concolor) is sometimes called cougar, puma, catamount, and panther. Mountain lions once lived in much of the eastern United States. ... Indiana has no breeding population of mountain lions.

How many bobcats live in Indiana?

About 20 years ago the DNR thought there were about 10 bobcats in Indiana. Officials began studying the elusive predators. Recent research reported to the DNR gathered from trail cameras, sightings, road kill and other data now put the bobcat population at a thousand or more in about 60 counties.

Are there wolves in Indiana?

Seeing a wolf in Indiana is extremely unlikely; domestic dogs or coyotes are often mistaken for wolves. ... There is currently no breeding population of wolves in Indiana, however, people may own domestic dog/wolf hybrids which can escape or run loose and easily be confused with a wild wolf.

Is it legal to own a bobcat in Indiana?

These states include Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Other states expressly ban private ownership. You may be permitted to keep bobcats you've had for a long time, however, so do check the laws in your state.

Is there hunting and trapping season for Bobcats in Indiana?

Indiana PublicMedia. The Indiana Natural Resources Commission recently voted to preliminarily adopt rules to open a hunting and trapping season on bobcats. Bobcats have been considered a protected species in Indiana.

Are there any Bobcats or coyotes in Indiana?

CARMEL, Ind. (Novem) – The number of bobcats and coyotes is growing in Indiana, according to conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources. Bobcats were once an endangered species, but since the 1970s their numbers have grown.

Is it legal to shoot a coyote in Indiana?

“Coyotes are considered a nuisance animal in the state of Indiana. So if you are on your own property, or another property with written permission, you can actually trap or shoot those coyotes,” he says. “There is also a coyote season.”

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