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How do I dispose of raccoon if i trap one?

post #1 of 49
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Ok, I've lost a few chickens to what I am pretty sure is a raccoon family. I set a live trap tonight, but I'm in city limits and need to find a humane way to dispose of the critter if I catch one. No guns, and drowning it doesn't seem like a nice way to go. Would a nail gun be humane?  Or would the car exhaust method be nicer? I am calling animal control tomorrow to see if they will put it down for me, but I don't have a truck and am not really wanting to ride with a mean raccoon in my backseat, doesn't seem too safe to me.

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post #2 of 49

Maybe find a friend with a truck who will help you take it to a far away park? big_smile

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post #3 of 49

Maybe find a friend with a truck who will help you take it to a far away park?


Most likely that's illegal, and it's never a good idea to relocate wild animals

I'd do the car exhaust.

The nail gun is too dangerous

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Illegal to relocate unless it's to private property with the consent of the property owner. I don't know anyone who'd want me to dump a raccoon on them. I don't know anyone in the country in the same state, and I'm pretty sure it's illegal to take them out of the state so whatever I do has to be here.  Looked up animal control and they don't deal with wildlife. Am going to call the conservation department tomorrow and ask what they suggest I guess. Just says on their website they suggest disposal of raccoons, and not relocation, but doesn't say how.

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post #5 of 49

Use a shovel. But at least 3 feet of dirt on top.

post #6 of 49

just smack it silly..lol...one less chicken killer!!! (wasnt really what i wanted to say)..lol...lau

post #7 of 49

Do you have a garage? Put in earplugs and pop it in the head with a .22.

Dry ice is another method of asphyxiation. Probably not the most gentle of deaths but killing is not pretty even if it is a pest.

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Originally Posted by bakerjw 

Do you have a garage? Put in earplugs and pop it in the head with a .22.

Dry ice is another method of asphyxiation. Probably not the most gentle of deaths but killing is not pretty even if it is a pest.


I would either shoot it or use the car exhaust. Thats a hard decision since you live in city limits.

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post #9 of 49

If it were me I'd shoot it, but I don't live in town where that would be problematic.

In your circumstances I'd probably drop the live trap in a garbage can full of water and drown it.  Not as quick as a well placed shot, but then neither are the asphyxiation methods.

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post #10 of 49

If you have a .22, you can get bullets from Colibri, also called cb caps. Any gun store carries them. They are a powderless load, primer only. You can easily pop the coon in the head, even in your yard and it is very quiet. Make sure you have backing behind the trap to stop the bullet. Even though they are very light loads, they'll still likely pass through it's head. Do it at night if you haven't got a fence.

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