Raccon problem - do you have some solutions?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kelly G, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    We have trapped 8 raccons (and one possum) in the last month...but there seems to be one too smart to get caught. He seems to reach through the trap bars and eat the food this way.

    Is there poison that can be put out? Where do you get it?

    My plan would be get out there at about 4am (seems the raccons are there just before dawn), and bait the trap with the poison since it's already use to eating from the trap...and I can keep the trap door closed to keep other animals out.

    We have 5 cats that I can keep inside. No dogs.

    What do you guys think of this? Are there any other solutions I'm not thinking of?

    Thanks for your help!

    Oh, and here is a picture of what I came home to on Friday after work:
    [​IMG]

    Two for the price of one!
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
  2. 1shotcleaner

    1shotcleaner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its a family thees are baby coons you can feed them and trap the whole bunch or start shooting. they wont leave untill the food is gone or they are in heaven.
     
  3. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a trap smart coon reaching through to get the bait. I punched a hole in a sardine can and wired it in place--------he had to go into the trap to get to the nice smelling can.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Mama duck 8

    Mama duck 8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same problem..
     
  5. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    We don't have a gun - but EVERY ONE of our neighbors does!! LOL!!

    I love good neighbors!!
     
  6. doublejfarm

    doublejfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    X2 on wiring down the can.
    I have had to do that
     
  7. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    Ok..........trap is set - but CRAP!!! I bought anchovies instead of sardines. I hope it still works.

    I drilled 3 holes in the top, and wired it to the bottom of the cage. Now I'll have to wait.......tick tock tick tock!
     
  8. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Florida neighbor! My German Shepherd has taken care of the varmints so far, but I have a friend that had that problem of reaching through and getting the bait. He ended up digging a small hole (just big enough for the sardine can) UNDER the trap and putting the trap on top of it - so the coon had to go into the trap to be able to get to the can. It worked for him. Good Luck!

    Lisa
     
  9. palmettogroves

    palmettogroves Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:My husband says anchovies taste and look like salty eyebrows....
     
  10. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    Quote:My husband says anchovies taste and look like salty eyebrows....

    Ahhhh! But will they fool the raccoon?!

    Lisa - [​IMG] Burying it is a good idea, too!
     

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