After speaking with the retired ranch Foreman at church, he offered to set a trap to catch the animal. He suspected it was a bobcat.
The first night the animal eluded us, eating the bait, releasing the door, but also getting out.
So I went out the next day and bought a bigger trap.
|The coop window before.|
|The coop window after. The animal is tall enough to reach the window and strong enough to bend the wire.|
|Foreman set the trap with fish bait and put it in the area where we found the feathers.|
|Once the animal steps on the metal plate, the door shuts behind it.|
|The next morning the fish was gone and the door shut, but no animal.|
|The trap comes fully assembled.|
|The trap was suitable for small to medium sized animals.|
|Suggested bait only helps if you know what you're hunting.|
|From the box: Step 1|
|From the box: Step 2|
|From the box: Step 3 (although we probably won't be following this step)|
|We used battered fish fillets I had in the freezer, soaked in cherry Kool-Aid (per farm store suggestion).|
|Set both traps next to each other.|