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Old Grandaddy Racoon
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Clay    Posted 02-11-2003 at 10:09:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have had a racoon living under my house trailer for the last 12 years.He only comes under there late at night.He has been a good old boy until just here lately.He decided to dig up my water line and take down some of the insulation under the trailer.I guess he is getting cantankerous in his old age.I could shoot him but he is like an old friend and I decided to relocate him instead.I got a top of the line box trap and have had it set now for about a week.Every night he gets the bait and does not trip the trap.Finally out of desperation I baited the trap with a raw egg placed on the far side of the trap trigger.I just knew he would have to place his paw on the trigger to get to the egg.I made sure that the trap was [hair triggered]that night and I went to bed knowing that the coon would finally be caught.The next morning when I went to check the trap I died laughing.The racoon had somehow got the egg, broke it almost evenly in half, ate only the yolk had the two halves of the shell sitting on the other side of the trigger, and he had the white of the egg in one half of the shell and the small pieces of egg shell in the other half of the shell. I have a hard boiled egg wired to the trigger for tonight.I'm not betting either way as to me having him in the trap by morning.

Maggie/TX    Posted 02-11-2003 at 13:21:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clay, we had trouble with too-smart raccoons once too. They would reach in from outside the trap and steal the bait. Finally, we got some loose bricks we had saved for outlining flowerbeds and lined them up around the trip-plate end of the trap, all three sides and stacked two high. Then we put two or three on top for good measure to make the raccoon feel like he's going into a tunnel or sorts. Then bait the trap with either catfood or a can of tuna.

One caution. We caught several this way and the smaller ones, in trying to escape, would squeeze themselves BETWEEN the upper wire brace and the outside of the top. They must have bent it a bit. One night my husband baited the trap and I didn't know he had, so I didn't check it first thing in the morning. Long about noon next day I noticed a 'coon in the trap but he sure was still. Looked closer and he had tried to squeeze between that top brace wire and the top and got stuck and died, suffocated. There he was bent double, hanging from that top wire, dead as a doornail and stiff as a board. I waited until my husband got home and made HIM figure out how to get that stiff 'coon out of there, and it was NOT easy! He's left the raccoon trapping to me ever since then. :)

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 02-11-2003 at 11:57:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try some peanut butter and stick sunflower seeds into the glob. It works on squirrels.

steve II JD4000    Posted 02-11-2003 at 11:15:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah good luck with the trap, I have a home make trap got two of the cats that seem to be sick cat that dont live around here (farm) were getting in to every thing. I have gotten them on the first trap!! I sure my trap can do racoons if they are around with a problem.

hey give us a picture when you got him!

cowgirlj    Posted 02-11-2003 at 11:00:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can't wait to see how this story ends.
We had a pack rat in our barn once. It took us two weeks of being outsmarted at every bait offered before we finally got him. The final bait? electrical tape. Pack rats are a curious sort, and that critter fiddled with the tape trying to get it off the trigger. I would have felt sorry for him, but he chewed up a couple of horse blankets, and destroyed some leather items, so it was good ridance!
Good Luck!

Red Dave    Posted 02-11-2003 at 10:24:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know were you are, but here in Pennsylvania, it's now illegal to relocate nuisance wild animals. They must be destroyed due to the outbreaks of rabies.
BTW, cat food sometimes works for me, and sometimes I use a peanut butter cracker too for bait.

TB    Posted 02-11-2003 at 11:57:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes it is illegal to relocate nuisance animals in Pa. Not only for rabies. But why would anyone want to give their problem to someone else to take care of please take care of it yourself and save someone else the trouble of retrapping it and disposing of it. Sorry that my opinion. Tom
For some of the sneaky ones I have had luck with putting some of the bait under the trigger pan.

Jim(MO)    Posted 02-11-2003 at 10:19:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hard boiled egg ??? Next thing ya know he will be knocking on your door wanting to borrow some salt & pepper. ;>)

Mike D.    Posted 02-11-2003 at 10:17:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Clay,
Thanks- I really enjoyed reading about your coon. Good luck tonight.

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