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How to Bait a Cougar

How to Bait a Cougar

In order to bait a cougar, you will need to purchase a trap and some bait. The most common type of trap used for this purpose is the leg-hold trap, which can be found at most hardware stores. Once you have your trap, set it up in an area where you have seen cougars or their tracks.

For bait, raw meat or fish works well. When baiting the trap, be sure to cover the entire bottom of the pan so that the cougar will not be able to see any food from outside the trap. Once the trap is baited and set, check it daily until you catch your cougar.

  • Choose the right bait
  • Cougars are attracted to certain types of bait, so it’s important to choose something that will appeal to them
  • Some good options include: deer carcasses, elk carcasses, rabbits, and squirrels
  • Place the bait in an area where cougars are known to frequent
  • Good places to look include: thick brush, near water sources, and on high ground overlooking a large area
  • Set up a trail camera near the bait to monitor activity
  • This will help you determine if a cougar is taking the bait and give you an idea of its patterns and behavior
  • Check the camera regularly and move the bait as needed to keep the cougar interested
  • Depending on the time of year and local conditions, you may need to refresh the bait every few days or weeks

Mountain Lion Hunting Tips By ODFW Wildlife Technician Scott Napoli Sept 2020

What Attracts Cougars?

It’s no secret that cougars are attracted to younger men. After all, they are often called “cougar hunters.” There are a few reasons why this is the case.

First of all, younger men tend to be more virile and have more stamina than their older counterparts. This is an attractive trait for any woman, but especially for a cougar who is looking for a physical relationship. In addition, younger men are often less experienced in the bedroom, which can be a turn-on for some women.

They’re also typically less mature emotionally, which can be a refreshing change of pace for a woman who has been dating older men her entire life. Finally, many cougars find younger men to be more attractive than older men because they’re not yet set in their ways and are open to trying new things.

What Food Attracts Mountain Lions?

Mountain lions are obligate carnivores, meaning that they require a diet consisting entirely of animal flesh in order to survive. In the wild, their primary prey items are deer and elk, but they will also opportunistically feed on smaller mammals like rabbits and squirrels, as well as birds and lizards. Given their large geographical range, mountain lions have also been known to eat pronghorn, bighorn sheep, coyotes, and even bobcats on occasion.

While mountain lions typically shy away from human settlements, there have been instances of them killing livestock (sheep, goats, calves) and even attacking people in rural areas. In these cases, it is often young or old animals that are targeted, as they are easier to take down than healthy adults. Given their wide-ranging diet, it is difficult to say what food specifically attracts mountain lions; however, since they prefer live prey over carrion (dead animals), it is likely that anything that smells like easy prey would be attractive to them.

What Smells Attract Mountain Lions?

Mountain lions are attracted to a variety of smells, but some seem to be more potent than others. The most common attractants are the scents of other animals, particularly prey. This makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint, as mountain lions are predators and need to eat in order to survive.

Other strong smells that can attract mountain lions include blood, rotting flesh and urine. It’s believed that mountain lions can also be attracted to the smell of humans, although this is likely more due to our presence in their territory rather than any specific scent we emit. In any case, it’s best to avoid smelling like prey when hiking or camping in areas where mountain lions are known to live.

Can You Attract Cougars With Predator Bait?

No, you cannot attract cougars with predator bait. Cougars are not predators, they are scavengers.

Where to Shoot a Cougar to Kill It

When it comes to taking down a cougar, the best place to aim is right between the eyes. If you can take the shot from a distance, that’s even better. But if you find yourself up close and personal with one of these big cats, just remember to keep your cool and go for the kill shot.


In this blog post, the author provides tips on how to bait a cougar. Cougars are attracted to certain types of bait, so it is important to choose the right type of bait when trying to lure one in. The author also provides some advice on where to set up the trap and how to make sure the cougar does not escape.