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how far can a Raccoon jump?

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We have a pair of raccoons that visit moms place.  My thought is that they live in the neighbors garage (very old horse and carriage barn), they jump the fence, find their way around moms house and over a corner in the picket fence heading down the street.  Thankfully, our coop has been secure, best they have managed is a dirty paw on some trim way over their heads.

BUT, moms tenant things they are getting on the roof of the house-I think he hears them scratching on the pipes and hears that instead because there is no evidence of them touching the roof.  I have cut and trimmed all the trees/branches back from the house a while ago.  But he is convinced, so I am going to cut the trees some more.

So, how far do you think a fat raccoon can jump from a tree to a house (not down put over)?

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So, how far do you think a fat raccoon can jump from a tree to a house (not down put over)?


If they are on top of the house, they climbed.

They wouldn't jump far, and they COULDN'T jump back up, so they must be climbng both up and down, IF they are on top of the house at all

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As far as they have to in order to eat your chicken. NEVER underestimate a raccoon.

I live with my partner and our daughter in the foothills of NC. We LOVE our critters!
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I live with my partner and our daughter in the foothills of NC. We LOVE our critters!
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I can not see any place they can climb, it has been raining so we have mud and we would know.  We can see their feet on the picket fence.

The tenant thinks they are climbing a tree in the front yard, leaping 4-6 feet forward and landing about 8 feet below on the roof.  I think that he is hearing them scratching on water lines on under the house.  It sounds like they are in the walls or on the roof when they are working under the house (plumbers)

As far as the coop, never say never, but I have 1x2 welded wire, with a layer of vintage heavy aviary wire lining it, and roosts too far up and in from any wire, a steep tin roof with nice over hangs on the open ends and it is almost 4 feet off the ground on the side we saw a paw print-and hard to open for people clips on hasps for all doors

post #5 of 10

What's on the outside of the house?

Wood siding?

Any vent pipes or gutters?

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a raccoon can scale a verticle brick wall if he is so inclined. Trust me, they can climb just about anything. They are like velcro. There is many a coon that I have removed from a roof, or chased back up a chimney.


Edited by kari_dawn - 12/3/11 at 1:06am

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Originally Posted by Carols Clucks 

We have a pair of raccoons that visit moms place.  My thought is that they live in the neighbors garage (very old horse and carriage barn), they jump the fence, find their way around moms house and over a corner in the picket fence heading down the street.  Thankfully, our coop has been secure, best they have managed is a dirty paw on some trim way over their heads.

BUT, moms tenant things they are getting on the roof of the house-I think he hears them scratching on the pipes and hears that instead because there is no evidence of them touching the roof.  I have cut and trimmed all the trees/branches back from the house a while ago.  But he is convinced, so I am going to cut the trees some more.

So, how far do you think a fat raccoon can jump from a tree to a house (not down put over)?


They jump, and they are very good climbers. They climb our downspouts from time to time.

It might be *spelled* jib, jigger, and Jeep - but it's pronounced yib, yigger, and Yeep.
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Hmm well as of today, we do not have downspouts, but by next week.....  (putting in vinyl gutters so hopefully those are slicker and they can't climb as well) 

The chimney they could climb, but I do not see any muddy foot prints on it.  So far we are lucky we can see where they are going muddy footprints) so I might just make sure we keep it damp to see.  The tenant saw them up the tree on the street.  The house is white lap siding that was recently painted and most roof over hangs are at least 2' wide, in my efforts to remove rats we are very careful to keep vines and trees off the walls and roof and any shrubs are kept lower and away from the building.  I also do not see any evidence of them reaching the roof, we just blew all the leaves off of it and it is a light  color as well-since I am adding gutters I have spent a bit of time looking at the roof lately...lol

My dad was a "pack rat" so the property had TONS of rat hiding places, but not any more!

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get your traps out, and any other lethal system you might have..... don't let anyone talk you into "they are so cute" or "they have a right to survive"..... they are vicious, killers of anything they can get ahold of.... they will continue testing your coop defenses until they find a way in and kill your entire flock..... took them 2 1/2 years to break into my fortress, and believe me, i was on guard and thought i was secure..... they are vermon...... while your sleeping like a baby, they are at work...... it's you or them.... good luck...

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Originally Posted by darin367 

get your traps out, and any other lethal system you might have..... don't let anyone talk you into "they are so cute" or "they have a right to survive"..... they are vicious, killers of anything they can get ahold of.... they will continue testing your coop defenses until they find a way in and kill your entire flock..... took them 2 1/2 years to break into my fortress, and believe me, i was on guard and thought i was secure..... they are vermon...... while your sleeping like a baby, they are at work...... it's you or them.... good luck...


Not saying we have any traps set  big_smile  Around here we might have to pay to rehab the poor beasties once caught

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