Trapped a coon...... RESOLVED page 2

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by alalele, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. alalele

    alalele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2008
    Livingston Parish, LA
    Thankfully my rooster lets me know when a predator is lurking and this coon has been coming around since New Years Eve, and found it IN my chicken pen (climbing in through a weak spot in covered dog kennel) for the 3rd time today.

    The first two times I chased it out... this time it was in the pen, but inside the converted rabbit hutch/hen house where the food is.... so I locked it IN. (My chickens were out free ranging and now are locked away in a more secure smaller pen till I figure this out)

    The hutch where the coon is locked in is all hardware cloth and wood... not sure if it will tear up the pen trying to get out... all this JUST happened... but for now it is sitting there growling at me.

    I DO want to dispose of this returning pest... what can I do if I don't have anything but handgun I have never shot so I can't use that inside this hutch anyway.

    Poison maybe? I read about feeding exlax... will that work? Any advice to someone who has never killed an animal... but willing to do what it takes to protect my pet chickens.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2009
  2. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Call animal control and have it picked up
  3. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    I'm guessing the exlax thing would be a huge mess before the coon dies [​IMG]... most likely of dehydration. I would call your country animal services and have them come in and take the raccoon out for you. Free and you haven't killed it. They should be able to re-home it to another location.
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    US Fish and game
    Denham Springs, LA 70726
    (225) 664-9663

    Livingston Parish Animal Control
    13247 Hodges Ln
    Walker, LA 70785
    (225) 698-9571

    Explain you trapped in the hutch, IN your coop, IN the daytime, threatening your chickens, not a live trap, it's growling and you suspect rabies cause coons aren't too active in the middle of the day, so some kind of disease seems likely!!
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2009
  5. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Is it a cage you can move around?
  6. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Quote:Or for that matter distemper
    And coons carry a thing called raccoon worm that kills other animal people would be on the other animal list very nasty stuff
  7. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    Personally I would borrow a .22 rifle from somebody and dispatch it. Unless there is a completely unpopulated location in LA to relocate it, it will become somebody's problem. Once a animal figures an easy meal they will continue to look for that meal. Raccoons are not endangered and actually a all around pest. Fortunately here I have not had a problem with them, but when we lived in the Keys it was a big problem. They were constantly trying to get into the garbage cans and would attack if stumbled upon. They wreak havoc on the other wild life such a native birds. And they are well known rabies carrier.
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Since its growling, I would call animal control, and I would suspect rabies or distemper. I have caught lots of coons this past spring, and never had one growl at me when it was released, but if it was sickly, I would have had to put it down. Dont go near it, or get any of its bodily fluids on you.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2009
  9. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    I would also once you are rid of it fire the area it is in to kill any raccoon worms they can kill your chickens and wormer will not take care of it
  10. cmb19

    cmb19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    If you can borrow a .22 rifle from someone, that would be the easiest way. Don't be afraid to put the barrel directly against the head, it makes the kill quicker. As for it growling, don't be to worried about rabies or dad traps and I've seen enough coons to know that some will growl and bite the gun, some will simply look at you, and some will even sleep right through being shot...and there was nothing wrong with any of them.

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