Regarding Raccoons....


12 Years
May 6, 2008
San Francisco Bay Area, EB
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.


Staff PhD
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
13 Years
Jan 25, 2007
Everett WA/Corvallis OR
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.


Flock Mistress
12 Years
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

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



Currently Birdless Hippy
11 Years
Jul 20, 2008
with maurice, the original space-cowboy
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

EDIT: ta say,, when you scare it,, it will finally let go of the ball and run,,hehe
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