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#1340286 - 03/31/10 10:48 AM Ring-tailed cats
llanite Offline
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Registered: 10/21/09
Posts: 1693
Loc: Llano Co.
Anybody ever see them? I've only seen 3 in the wild in my life. One was dead in the middle of the road about 20 years ago, then last year I saw 2 alive at the deer lease just across the county road from the rancher's house.

One of the guys saw them at the same place but wasn't sure what they were until I told him I had seen ring-tails there. He went home and looked them up and confirmed that was what he'd seen too. His first impression was they looked sorta like coons.

After I told the rancher about them he went over to the neighbors property and found their den under an old rock wall. Sorry, no photos, just this Wiki link...

Anybody else seen them? Got trail cam photos, video, ect?

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#1340296 - 03/31/10 10:54 AM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite]
TBossHsauce Offline

Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 75
Grew up in the hill country...saw them all the time. Many times you see them in pairs. Neat little critters.

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#1340344 - 03/31/10 11:16 AM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: TBossHsauce]
BenBob Offline
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Registered: 01/27/06
Posts: 6426
Loc: Undercover
Got bunches of them out here in West Texas. Sometimes see them in some of my barns. They are neat little critters, but they can get mean pretty quickly if you corner them or catch them in a trap.

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#1340567 - 03/31/10 12:56 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: BenBob]
AGray Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/03/06
Posts: 289
Loc: Liberty Hill, TX
I never have seen one but I saw one of these for the first time last summer... also in the hill country.

#1340593 - 03/31/10 01:03 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: AGray]
Plano Cooter Offline

Registered: 07/10/08
Posts: 648
Loc: Plano
Used to see a lot of them years ago in Mason county. Every year they would nest in our towers. Then one year they disappeared. That was about 7 or 8 years ago and haven't seen one since.

#1340849 - 03/31/10 02:27 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Plano Cooter]
thorn4570 Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 2665
Loc: Fort Worth
saw one in highshcool when we were spotlighting varmints.

I once drank muddy water out of a hoof print and was dang glad to get it.

#1340854 - 03/31/10 02:30 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: thorn4570]
Letsgo Offline
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Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1252
Loc: Coryell, County
Saw my first one last year - very cool.

#1340878 - 03/31/10 02:39 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Letsgo]
Sniper John Offline

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16858
Loc: North Texas
From way back in the day.

#1340894 - 03/31/10 02:47 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Letsgo]
Boomer57 Offline

Registered: 10/05/09
Posts: 697
Loc: Rockwall Tx
I saw one many years ago in an old farmhouse at a lease. Really up close and personal, about 2 ft above my head on a closet shelf eating a large rat. It jumped out of the closet past my chest and went out the window leaving me shakin and wet. They have long teeth when there's still blood drippin from em.

My wife must be a cross between a Indian and a bulldog. When she's not on the warpath, she's sitting on her butt growling.

We're burnin daylite.

#1340909 - 03/31/10 02:53 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: llanite]
Bud Offline

Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 184
I saw one in east texas this fall. No one believes me but he was running down the road infront of my truck for about 100 yards about 0100 hrs. No doubt that it was a ringtail. The banks on the side of the road are high so he didnt have a choice but to run and i got a good look. Ive seen them in South Texas but never here. They were logging the area and I think he was having to move. Nacogdoches County

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#1341380 - 03/31/10 07:38 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Bud]
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Registered: 05/02/06
Posts: 4308
Loc: St Hedwig
Trapped about a jillion of the stinky little bastages when I was younger. We used to get 5-7 a piece for their hides back in the 80s but I doubt they even buy them now. IMO, they are a big time PITA! I've had them 'break' into my blinds and make a damn big mess several times during the off season and once they make it their 'home' the only way to get rid of them is a bullet!

High fence, low fence, no fence, it really doesn't matter as long as you're hunting!

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#1341388 - 03/31/10 07:41 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS]
highlonesome1 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/02/07
Posts: 5235
Loc: Scleicher County
I have a blind named after the ringtail that lives in
That ringtail and Texas Lefty are pals.

#1341453 - 03/31/10 08:25 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: highlonesome1]
LonestarCobra Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 3092
Loc: Jack County
I see them from time to time around Jack Co. Their eyes really glow under a spotlight.

#1341460 - 03/31/10 08:29 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: LonestarCobra]
AdgerC15 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 5667
Loc: McKinney, TX
man i been tryin to kill a nice lookin ringtail for a full body mount for a while! awesome lookin little critters

had them come into the call at night before..IMO they look like a coon with the mannerisms of a fox



Conservation means development as much as it does protection.
- Theodore Roosevelt

#1342497 - 04/01/10 12:23 PM Re: Ring-tailed cats [Re: Sniper John]
DoubleB20 Offline
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Registered: 05/20/07
Posts: 3088
Loc: Whiskey Flats, TX
Originally Posted By: Sniper John
From way back in the day.

...why do I hear the music from the "Good, the Bad and the Ugly" when I see that picture?

Weird huh?

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