I agree with several of the posters here regarding not taking pleasure out of killing the raccoons, or whatever the animal may be. I have trapped coons, possums, and a skunk. I am into year three with chickens and guineas and have learned a lot along the way. The first thing was that if I care about what happens to my birds, I have to take steps to protect them. What started out as a small coop is now an enclosed 10x30 run with a roof, rocks buried at base of fence (2ft. out) all around to prevent anything from digging under, side door leading to a 5 ft. fenced in area where the chickens spend most of the day. Most of the time, most of the guineas fly out at some point and time during the day. The birds are let out of the fence in the evening under my supervision and all go back into the run at night.
Made the decision to go vegetarian earlier this year, mainly out of respect for living things. The traps are set on a regular basis out of protection for my birds. I guess one could argue the point that I have brought domesticated/semi-domesticated animals into an area where predators are and therefore, I am intruding on the predators. Anyway, when I have to kill the predator I do it as quickly as possible with a firearm.
When I got the birds, I had no idea how many (for me) ethical decisions I would have to make. Guess in the end, we all have to live with our decisions.