From: Snowflake, Arizona
ORIGINAL: Jim D Burns
I’d look into a few motion sensor spotlights mounted high up that can flood an area in bright light to deter big predators. As long as the entire perimeter is covered (the higher they are mounted the larger an area they can cover) the predators should learn that they can’t approach your inner ranch area soon enough and move on to new hunting grounds. Just make sure the sensitivity is set so that smaller creatures can’t set them off. A loud horn on a motion sensor set up near the pens to cover any possibility of one that sneaks through should work to save most of your stock, again sensitivity needs to be set so only very large animals set it off.
Big cats are dangerous foes and having a sidearm with you won’t help much if they stalk you and strike from cover. They go for a kill bite on the back of the neck which kills/incapacitates almost instantly, so you’d have little chance at reacting. A sidearm’s great though if you see it coming, so carry one for sure, just don’t let it give you a false sense of security. I’d rely on the dogs for protection from being stalked if you venture out into the brush, without them you’re cat food for sure.
As others have mentioned, the lion has had success hunting your ranch, so it will keep coming back until you can thwart any further hunting attempts it makes and it gets discouraged. Just remember you’re on the menu too, so watch your back and keep the dogs with you at all times until a long period of time goes by with no sign of it. I’d be leery for at a month or two at least. I’m not sure how big their hunting territories are, so it could be weeks before it makes its way back around to your place again. Then again if its den is nearby you may be plagued with lots of attacks, so be very vigilant and very careful.
Good advice, Jim, thanks :)
Love & Peace,
Far Dareis Mai
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