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How to Trap a Raccoon
Raccoons may appear to be cute and cuddly animals that couldn’t harm anyone, but those who have experienced an infestation of the animals in or around their home will know differently. Raccoons are not only a pest in terms of the damage they can do, but they are also known to carry diseases that can be dangerous to people and domestic pets. This is not to vilify the raccoon because they are simply animals trying to survive, but their success in surviving in a human environment is one which has meant the species has continued to grow.
Choosing The Right Trap To Catch A Raccoon
One of the most important things in any attempt to trap a raccoon will be to make sure you use the right trapping equipment. There are a number of traps that will be effective in catching a raccoon, but it is important to consider the type of trap you are using and whether or not it can harm or affect other animals.
For those who do use a lethal trap, the most common type will be the body trap which will catch the raccoon under a metal bar and can crush the animal or choke it if the bar snaps across the neck. Although these are not widely used there are still some wildlife management companies and individuals that will use this kind of trap. The problem with lethal traps is that they can lead to a lingering death for the animal if it catches the raccoon on the wrong part of the body, and also leaves you the problem of a carcass to deal with. Another problem is that they can catch the wrong animals.
The other option is the live trap, and the most popular is the cage trap which will be baited with food that will be most attractive to a raccoon. The animal will wander in to the cage to gain access to the food, but will then find that they can no longer get out of the cage. All live traps will need to be checked regularly, at least once every 24 hours to see if it has caught an animal so that you can minimize the distress and suffering for the raccoon. There are also traps that will catch the paws of the animal, but the use of this type is reducing, and is generally used by those hunting for fur or people who have had such traps for a long time.
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Baiting And Locating Your Trap
One of the toughest things for anyone who is trying to bait a trap to catch a raccoon is choosing the bait. It is best to avoid using meat, as this is bait that will attract many different species. There are some commercially available raccoon baits which have been developed to attract raccoons, but many people have had great success using a trap baited with marshmallows. Read more about What Bait To Use For Raccoon Traps
Choosing the right spot to place the trap will also be very important, and the key location will be one that the raccoon uses regularly but won’t catch other animals. If they are in your attic or basement locating this at the entrance will be a good place to start, as are any holes in or under your fence that the raccoon uses to access your yard.
Handling And Removing The Raccoon
Because raccoons are known for carrying a number of diseases, and for the reason that they are likely to be aggressive or disorientated by being trapped, it is best to keep handling of the raccoon to an absolute minimum.
Some states will have regulations about relocating the animal and will insist that it is taken to an official location to be relocated or euthanized. It is best to take the animal at least ten miles away before releasing it, as raccoons will often return to their nest.
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