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Old 06-25-2019, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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My dad had a family of them under his house. They called someone in... twice, for removal. They really tore up things down there too... insulation and some other stuff was all ripped out.
I was constantly battling them at the house I recently moved out of. All of the usual methods failed.

It's one thing to trap the raccoons and another thing to lift and carry that trap with the critter going nuts in it (especially if it has young ones somewhere) and drive it away. Some of them are BIG. And, you'll have to do it several times depending on how many there are.


I watched several families of the coons over a period of 20 something yrs at my last place (in a Nat'l forest) and mama and daddy and all younguns were together in the yard many many times. Dad didn't kill them, he sauntered around the place with them. Not saying they won't kill the younguns but these apparently didn't.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Oh yeah. I had never seen a wild animal trying to take a trap apart, and given enough time, I believe he would have been able to do so. That raccoon was really strong as well as mad at being confined.
I have tried covering the traps with an old shower curtain in case I caught a skunk. Raccoons will pull almost every last piece of the shower curtain into the cage through those little one inch square holes. They will also dig up any dirt through the floor of the cage. I always wore heavy leather gloves when handling the cages just in case their claws could reach me. Make a point to keep the trap away from your legs so they don't get clawed. Place the trap on a piece of wood when transporting if done in a SUV so they don't tear up the carpeting. I always used a pickup truck and had no problems. Now many states do not want you to relocate trapped animals; it is wise to check first. In that case you might be stuck hiring a 'specialist'.

I never had a problem releasing one. They always wanted to get away from me as much as I wanted them to go. But different raccoons have different personalities and I would not go as far as to say it is safe for all raccoons.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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On the day he got the coon I called him early to pick up the trap because I really thought the animal was going to tear the trap apart. I've never seen an animal so strong and furious trying to take apart a trap before - it was impressively scary!
That was probably a Mama with babies. Any mammal Mama will be ferocious like that when she needs to get to her babies.

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We have a feral cat, an uncut male that we feed in our greenhouse. I would like to trap him and get him neutered, but he is very suspicious and runs away if we try to get closer then 3 ft. A trap might work, but Rufus wouldn't like it. Maybe some day.
Definitely contact a local TNR group (Trap, Neuter, Replace). They will gladly come over and trap the cat, have it neutered and replace it for you.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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I have tried covering the traps with an old shower curtain in case I caught a skunk.
LOL I caught a skunk in my barn once. I called a guy to come and take it away, and I offered to pay him, but he assured me that the critter wouldn't spray me. Sure enough, I talked nicely to him/her, and used a piece of cardboard as a shield, got him/her into the truck of my car (lined with cardboard as if that would help!) and off we went. Of course when I opened the trap and scurried back to the car, he was in no hurry to leave the trap or the immediate vicinity! But it was a mini-adventure!
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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LOL I caught a skunk in my barn once. I called a guy to come and take it away, and I offered to pay him, but he assured me that the critter wouldn't spray me. Sure enough, I talked nicely to him/her, and used a piece of cardboard as a shield, got him/her into the truck of my car (lined with cardboard as if that would help!) and off we went. Of course when I opened the trap and scurried back to the car, he was in no hurry to leave the trap or the immediate vicinity! But it was a mini-adventure!
I always talked 'nice' to my skunks when I knew I was in their space. I once took a small skunk out of a Conibear trap without getting sprayed. I had nothing to protect me from getting sprayed. The only thing that saved the skunk was that the trap was bent and allowed it enough room to breathe. To release it I talked the skunk through the whole operation and kept talking until it wandered off. I had to use two hands to compress both springs to release the trap and my face was within a foot or two of the business end of the skunk.

When approaching a 'trap and release' trap I always talked to calm the animal down. If I would approach too fast they would start to turn their business end towards me and raise their tail. After talking calmly they would lower their tail and let me come closer.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:25 PM
 
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I've had good success using "have a heart" traps for both feral cats and raccoons.

I had to use tire wire to sew the back of mt have-a-heart closed. I had a racoon bend it enough to escape. They are ferocious beasts. The hard choice is what to do once you catch it.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Soak tennis balls in male raccoon urine and throw the tennis balls into the crawl space.

Where does one get male raccoon urine?

I would vote for the live traps... you can use cat food to try to lure them. Put a towel or rug over it with a slit for the handle so you can safely pick it up, and it reduces stress for everyone.

Take it way out into the woods before releasing... not near any other homes.

And then block the vents so they can't get under the house again.
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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You can set a Havahart trap with the gate open. If you do that and put food in there, the raccoon will get used to going in the trap to eat. After about a week, you can set the gate to snap close. This works with feral cats, too.

Raccoons love French toast and (unsalted) peanuts. And marshmallows and grapes. And they inhale dry cat food. They like corn, too, but don't get them in the habit of eating corn. You don't want them to start thinking someone's corn in their garden is edible.

You really have to watch out for their teeth and claws. Raccoons have fangs as large as a German shepherd and you won't just get scratched by their claws, you'll get sliced open. Those claws are as sharp as any knife. Ask me how I know all this. LOL

Males mark their territory, so be aware that when you release a raccoon into another area, you may be releasing it into another raccoon's territory which will mean a huge fight and one dead raccoon. But sometimes there's no other choice. You will probably have to go a loooong way to release them. I'm not sure about raccoons, but I know if you release house mice less than a mile from your house, they'll find their way right back. I have no doubt raccoons can do the same thing. Most of the time they stay within about 5 to 6 acres around their chosen area, though.

Always wear heavy gloves. Along with rabies, you might also have raccoons that have distemper or something else. That's why it's better to have a professional handle the wild animals. I think most of those people have had rabies vaccinations.
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:00 PM
 
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Here's our old-timey, southern MN joke to go with your stories of bravery.

A newly settled Swedish immigrant had a family of skunks under the house and asked a friend what to do.

"Yoost poot some a dat dere lutefisk under dere and dey'll high tail it out."

So the guy stopped by the Norwegian butcher shop and picked up a couple of pounds of lutefisk. He hated to waste such a delicacy but if it would get rid of the skunks it would be worth it. So he unwrapped it and poked it under the house with a stick.

A few weeks later they bumped into each other again and the friend asked, "Say Sven, did yew git rid a dah skunks, den?"

"Oh yeah, yew betcha. But now I've got a vorse problem. Dere's a whole family of Nor-vee-gians under dere now."
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:53 PM
 
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I've used "bug bombs" raid fumigators to get animals that were under an old farm building to leave & to get mice out of a tractor. They also do a nice job of killing bugs.
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