does anyone know what is legal and humane to do with raccoons in FL?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HathawayHens, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    DeLand, FL
    Does anyone know what I am able to do with raccoons that are trapped at my house? We do live in a neighborhood... I would not be against killing them, but obviously can't shoot them in my neighborhood, and nothing else seems humane. I am not sure if you can legally transport them... does anyone know? Guess I will have to try to contact someone in law enforcement?
  2. gckiddhouse

    gckiddhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2008
    Desert Hills, AZ
    I shoot rabbits with pellet guns. I know a coon is bigger, but a well placed shot will kill them.

    If you have trapped it, can you take it out to a place where it is safe/legal to shoot it? Feed the gators?
  3. Rin

    Rin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2009
    Moonglade (EU)
    I'd take it to the nearest woods and shoot it. That or get in contact with animal control and ask them. Some people claim drowning isn't cruel as the animal is more scared about being in the cage than the water - but we'll never know for sure on this one. All we have to go on is how humans feel and its not a good feeling to us.
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    DO NOT TRANSPORT & RELEASE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That's so very illegal that if caught you'll be strapped to the nose cone of the Discovery space shuttle & launched into space. Well, maybe not that severe of a punishment, but maybe it should be.

    Relocating raccoons is not good for the trapped animal or the animal populations in its new location. Diseases & discord is easily spread this way.

    Start by calling your local animal control department or your county extension office. You can also read on this forum what other folks do with their raccoons, instead of releasing them.
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  5. NateinFL

    NateinFL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2009
    Wesley Chapel FL
    It is illegal to relocate in FL, you can check the Freshwater fish and game commission's website, i did. Dont get caught with it in the back of your car please. Trapping for coons in FL requires a license but if you are trapping for oppossum, which is legal, and you happen to catch a raccoon, you may either release it back onto YOUR property or humanely kill it. That's what I read from their website anyways. If you are in residential, shoot it with a .22 cb and nobody will hear you. That's my advice [​IMG]
  6. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Just SHOOT IT! There's so dadgum many of them around here the roads are like the "coon killing fields" People used to eat them (WHY??) and the population had some control. Now very few people hunt/eat them. Believe me, no one will miss a couple hundred. [​IMG]
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    If it's illegal to shoot them where you live, call Animal Control when you trap them.
  8. KelliV

    KelliV Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasco County, FL
    If you call animal control, they will deal with it. However, they may take 3 or 4 days to come out...

    I have also heard that it is illegal to transport in FL. I would say to shoot it, but that's your call.
  9. BankerJohn

    BankerJohn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Lecanto, Florida
    shoot it
  10. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:I have been electrucuted 3 times I have almost drowned twice, (once in the ocean once in a pool )I have been nearly aphxyated once the last 2 did not hurt in any way the electricution is quite painful for a number of days. drowning a coon is quick and safer to the human then a lot of other options depending on where I am when I am dispatching a coon I shoot drown and use a co2 chamber HTH

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