Can a raccoon do this?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by timvdo, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. timvdo

    timvdo Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night I set out a live trap and this is what found this morning:
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    Some digging around the trap.

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    Released door has been busted.

    I've used some peanut butter, big marshmallows and some burnt fat from a steak dinner as bait.

    Last couple weeks I have successfully trap and disposed of 2 large coons and an opossum without any damage to the trap.

    Any suggestions of how to make this an escape proof trap?

    Thanks
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I bought a cheap version of a trap from harbor freight that looked like that.
    I caught an opossum and then a raccoon destroyed the trap the next night. It literally tore it apart. Strong little buggers and they do dig a lot. I took the trap back and they refunded my money.
    A trap has to be strong enough to hold what it's intended for.
    I now set the trap on a wooden rack I made to keep them from digging. I put a plastic tarp under it once and they pulled the entire into the trap in shreds. It took a half hour to extract the debris.

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    Raccoons avoid traps like that so I've started using duke dog proof leg hold traps for coons and conibear traps for mink
     
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  3. timvdo

    timvdo Out Of The Brooder

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    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Incredibly strong. I'll try to find the video for you where a raccoon is trapped in a garage on an automatic door opener. It manages to lift the door enough to escape. There was also a trap set and baited in the garage which the raccoon ignored.
     
  5. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow. I have a similar looking trap in which I have caught many raccoons. I never thought they could break their way out of it. Looking at your pictures it does seem to me that your model has a weaker door and locking mechanism.
    No doubt in my mind this was a raccoon.
    I will reiterate what was said above. Your trap is a total loss, return it if you can as it has failed in its primary advertised function. That raccoon has now learned to never ever walk into such a trap again, so a similar replacement won't work on him. I haven't used a Duke Dog Proof trap but I have read many reviews that swear by them. That's the option I personally would take next.
     
  6. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, raccoons can rip apart cheaply made traps. I reinforce my traps, especially the control arms supporting the trap door with additional steel rods. I take electrical tape and wrap a steel rod to the original rods. Makes it so they won't bend. Most traps are made of aluminum, and its just not strong enough to hold together under a stressed out raccoon.
     
  7. timvdo

    timvdo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'll re-enforce it with some steel rod and try it again to see what happen. Didn't keep the receipt or original box to return it back to the store.
     
  8. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    depending on the store, you may not need a receipt. specially if you paid with a card, and they can look you up in the computer. traps (even the cheaply made ones) are too expensive to fail you, and then not be returnable. And yes, a raccoon can (and probably DID) absolutely tear those apart.
     

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