All these posts are back in '09, so how did it end? Myself, my livetrap works great, but skunks are a bit of a problem to (very carefully!) dispose of!
Raccoon problem... HOW DO I GET RID OF THIS HORRIBLE CREATURE. - Page 6
We had a racoon that we caught before he caught one of our hens. He actually was in the coop. Ran him out and immediately bought a trap (money well spent) baited it with cat food and within an hour he was back. Very vicious. Terminated in the trap and we have not had any further problems.
I have to agree with the people who say to fortify your coop and yard. We all have to deal with predators of one kind or another, but they do share the plannet with us. I have relocated raccoons to state game lands that are at least 15 miles away. I do not do this during the months that a female could have a litter she is feeding.
drowning an animal is an inhumane method - a terrible way to die. These creatures are only doing what comes naturally.
from the P&P guidelines:
*Although some ways are not considered ideal to some, it serves the purpose of removing the offending predator. If you have an idea or a helpful comment, please do reply. If it is a sarcastic comment about the disposal or capture of a predator, please keep your thoughts to yourself. We are not here to judge one another on methods or ways and means.
I use an electric fence. They only need to be buzzed once and they don't come back. It was off for an extended time but they apparently thought it was still on and I didn't have any kills. I run two lines with 12" difference across the top of my fence. If they miss the first one the second one gets them. It is just enough juice to scare them and they don't come back.
I had one come up the driveway in broad daylight and chased it up a tree with rocks and then hit it a couple of times while it was up there. To the best of my knowledge, it has not come back. I still have all 17 chickens! I would kill a predator as a last resort but I would try other means of protecting my chickens first.
- Got The Blues
Whenever I trap a coon, I call an old local fella, and he cooks them. Apparently its quite a delicacy. When they do, they have to leave one paw on one leg, so the folks that enjoy that meal know it was coon and not cat.
The things you learn around here...
My coworker eats them. I would probably try it, but I am not going to cook one myself, until I try it.