Regarding Raccoons....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Lobzi, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    I had visitors to my pen/coop last night. No damage as they were scared away thank goodness. I am wondering if raccoons are greatly discouraged by light.
    Here is what happened:
    I have a motion detector solar light in the pen that must have clicked on when the two coons stood up and clung to the wire side tripping it. I came to the window when I saw the light click on and I saw the two of them who immediately ran off. Im just not sure if I scared them, the light scared them, or something else? I feel pretty confident about the security of the coop but Im wondering if the light clicking on is enough to dissuade them from exploring to find a weak point in my construction....
    Any opinions are greatly appreciated.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Probably depends on your coon. I know the ones down town will walk down the street with you and will growl if you get too close to their trash can they are prying open. The ones here only run if you start to run towards them. So it could have been you, could have been the light. Could have been a combo.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    the first time the light unexpectedly clicks on, they may run. The fifth time, they will stroll. By the fifteenth time (anyhow you know what I mean) they will be all Oh, Ho Hum and realize the light gives them a better opportunity to explore things [​IMG]

    So I would not be plannin' on relying on it.

  4. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Thank you for your advice... I will take additional measures beyond the light.
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    get a jar with a small opening,, throw in a ball of tinfoil,, then in the morning when the coon is there STILL trying to take its arm out,, chase it as LOUD as you can. hehe [​IMG]

    EDIT: ta say,, when you scare it,, it will finally let go of the ball and run,,hehe [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2008

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