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raccoon removal tips?

Hungry CelesteHungry Celeste Posts: 530
edited 3:43AM in Off Topic
Mama & 3-4 baby raccoons are living in my eaves...managed with the help of a wildlife removal service, to trap three of the babies, but no luck getting mama. Using 1 baby in a trap as bait right now, still no luck. Anyone out there have some raccoon trapping tips? (humane only, please)


  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    What are you putting in the traps to lure her in?

    They absolutely cannot resist shiny objects. If you have a silver glittery or faceted christmas ornament then hang it in the trap like a miniature disco ball.

    Are you sure the trap you are using is large enough for her to enter?

    If you give up on the "humane only" options let me know ;)
  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,757
    Peanut Butter & Jelly! They love it!!!
  • my better half is a member of the animal law section of the state bar assn....we won't be giving up the humane options, ever. Anyway, we caught three babies, used one as a bait for a day or two, and still no mama. I haven't heard her scuffling around for several days. The sticky-sweet bait attracted the young'uns, but mama's either too crafty or too big to fit inside the trap. I'll find some mylar and see if I can't lure her inside with decor (and wet cat food). Thanks for the tips. Don't want to close up the point of entry until I'm sure she's gone.
  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    They are a wily lot. When I was a boy I used to get a gallon milk bottle, they were glass then, and wrap heavy wire around the neck of the bottle and the other end around a tree. Cook up a nice batch of Chicken legs on your egg and enjoy. Take a remaining leg bone and put it in the milk bottle. The interloper will grab it and not be able to get his/her hand out of the bottle. They will allow you to walk right up to them rather than release the egged bone. What you do then is up to you. :laugh:

    Good luck
  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,757
    Another option is shells/remains from fresh-cooked lobster, crab, shrimp, etc. Makes their socks roll up & down!~`~
  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,818
    I can just hear the local TV news screaming now:
    Animal Law Section member of the state bar assn holds baby coon hostage! Mother Raccoon hysterical! A-Team hired to rescue terrified baby! Details at 10!
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
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