How to Get Rid of Bobcats


A bobcat is two or three times the size of an average house cat and has a 4 to 6 inch "bobbed" tail. They are native to 48 states, ranging from Canada to Mexico. If one appears in your backyard, chances are he smells potential prey, such as chickens or small pets, on your property. You can remove and relocate bobcats without harming them.

  • Remove potential bobcat cover by keeping the bushes trimmed.

  • Illuminate your yard at night to scare away bobcats.

  • Make noise. Play music or encourage your dog to bark when he hears the feline intruders.

  • Contain young livestock; poultry; small dogs; and cats in a securely fenced area, a barn, or your house.

  • Call a wildlife biologist or game warden, through the state or county, and ask him to remove the bobcat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid repellent sprays; they are not guaranteed effective against bobcats.
  • Use both lethal and non-lethal trapping devices at your own risk. Find out about penalties for killing wildlife before you proceed.
  • Avoid allowing small pets, livestock or poultry to range free on your property.

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