I lost a couple 2 month old chicks to raccoons night before last. They couldn't pull the babies through the pen but managed to get ahold of them with their fingers and lick their heads and necks - they were slobbery there. Not a puncture mark or feather missing. I think they strangled them trying to pull them through. The pen is chain link and wrapped with cage wire. I *thought* that it was raccoon proof. The babies were apparently hot and slept up against the wire instead of their little house.
My dogs are usually out all night for added protection but they had worked in the heat all day and I thought they deserved a night resting in the AC.
So, last night I kept the dogs in, set the trap, baited it with tuna.. which I warmed up to make the smell carry.
Nothing this morning. How long does it usually take to catch them?
In a kind of funny aside, my matriarch hen, a BO named Ashley, got stuck in the trap this morning while I was doing chores. She wanted that tuna... she's a chicken of the sea, LOL
I have been reinforcing things and running hot wire around every enclosure and coop but catching this raccoon (or raccoons) is a vendetta now.