We had a possum a week or so back that I had seen, and so set the live trap. We caught it and got rid of it, but, alas, it had babies. So, now I've trapped another one and have seen a third. So I've set the trap again. Tuesday night, around 3:00, I woke up to a HORRIBLE screaming noise, like a mix between a pig and a dying rabbit with a bit of panther thrown in. Awful sound. Anyway, we looked around and didn't see anything, no tracks, no nothing. Trap was closed but nothing was in it, and the bait wasn't touched. I forgot to set the trap Wednesday, but I set it again last night. This morning, I found the trap tripped, and the cool whip bowl of cat food dirty and shredded. But no animal. So, I'm thinking I'm dealing with something other than a possum, because it seems to be smart enough to outwit a trap. (Or fat enough that the door closes on it's behind (hence the screaming?) and is able to back out.) I'm thinking maybe a raccoon, because they tend to shred dishes. Our trap isn't the best, so I'm thinking of borrowing my grandpa's and seeing if a different trap will help. So far, no tracks around the coop and no break-ins. Being super cautious, though. Putting them in early and completely shutting them up at night. Anybody have any ideas as to what this might be, or how to figure it out? (Unfortunately, my trail cam isn't working.) Or tips on how to catch the little (or big) bugger?