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iN VIDEO: Salmon Arm woman learns it's not easy to get a bobcat out of your duck coop

A bobcat made its way into a coop on a Salmon Arm woman's property earlier this month killing seven ducks.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Jim Hilland
January 28, 2020 - 6:30 AM

Dawnivan Sept was confused when she came home from work one day earlier this month to find one of her ducks on her neighbour’s property.

When she went to bring the duck back to its coop, she noticed more ducks outside and the animal’s water had been knocked over. She then noticed two dead ducks and a dead rat as well.

After looking little closer, she saw a bobcat sitting in one of the corner’s of the coop and it started to hiss and growl.

Sept immediately started collecting her animals and brought them into her house while she tried to figure out a way to get the bobcat out.

“We rounded up the rest of the animals that we found,” she says, adding she found another two ducks wandering around the area.

Sept called the B.C. Conservation Officers Service who advised her to secure her other animals and open the coop door until the bobcat left on its own, but the police were needed to help Sept and her boyfriend get the bobcat out of the coop.

“That way no one got hurt or anything which was really nice,” she says. “We were really terrified of letting this little angry ass cat out.”

At first, the officers tried banging on the side of the coop to get the bobcat to leave.

It took about an hour to get the bobcat out of the coop and it ended up running up a tree where it stayed for three hours until it finally left.

In total, the bobcat killed seven of Sept’s ducks.

She thinks the wild cat got into the coop though the small animal door.

“There is a heat lamp in there, there were birds in there, so he was coming in for a snack and a warm spot after the cold snap.”

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