CANNOT catch the raccoon!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SecretHavenFarm, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. SecretHavenFarm

    SecretHavenFarm In the Brooder

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    About 2 months ago my entire flock of silkies was was killed by a raccoon. The stupid thing keeps coming back everynight. I put the chicken wire back were it belongs and when I go out to feed my horses in the morning it is pulled back up. Which is why I am not getting anymore chickens until we have caught and disposed of the raccoon (and will also be rebuilding our run with hardware cloth)

    I cannot trap the darn thing! I have been setting the trap for like a month, baiting with different things, I put the trap in the different spots he had come in, and still nothing!

    What can I do to get rid of this raccoon!
     
  2. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Songster

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    chicken wire isn't usually strong enough to deter raccoons, you might have better luck with thicker-gauge material. what have you tried so far to use to catch him?

    ETA: just realized you said you were gonna change wire [​IMG] sorry!
     
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  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    It may be you need to get all human scent off the trap -- wash it down then handle with leather gloves. And camouflage it, if you don't already. I don't know that coons are ever that smart -- but they're pretty darn smart.
     
  4. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Rolling in the Deep

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    I heard if you mix coke with fly bait , raccoons will drink it and it kills them. No trap needed.
     
  5. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    have you tried marshmallows?
     
  6. m_shuman

    m_shuman Songster

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    My Husband traps coons all of the time and he uses sardines in a live trap. He also camoflauges the trap with pine straw and leaves.
     
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  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    Quote:Could kill other things, too, though. What kind of trap are you using? Live-trap? Leg-hold? I hope you can catch him soon.
     
  8. Black Cochin Bantams

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    Quote:and every other non target animal.
     
  9. Sorin

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    Just a suggestion, but you may have to pull an all nighter with a shotgun and wait for him. I had a similar situation like yours, I could not catch the bugger [​IMG] I was frustrated, so I cleaned out the refrigerator, laid it all out at the edge of the woods, and he finally showed up about 12:30.
     
  10. SecretHavenFarm

    SecretHavenFarm In the Brooder

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    We are using a live trap.

    Sardines was one of the first things we baited it with. I have also tried hot dogs and dog food.

    Didnt even think I would need to camo the trap, Ill try that tonight, and also washing the scent of humans off.

    Marshmallows? lol do racoons have a love for sweets that I didnt know about?
     

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