I'm remembering a story of a town on the east side of a river. They had
a very high racoon population. So they called animal control company,
who came out with a plan. They trapped as many racoons as they could
get, and released them all on the west side of the river. Some months
later, the town on the west side of the river had article in the news
paper. They had a high level of racoons, and had hired a company. Whose
plan was to trap the racoons and move them to the east side of the
Years ago, my Dad did trap and release with squirrels in the bird
feeder. Made no difference, the dynamic population just shifted and came
right back in. Dad's friend Vic (world war two vetran) shot the squirrel
in his feeder, and put it out to the trash. Gave up after the 300th
I've heard that auto exhaust has a sedating effect on racoons, they
don't give you as much trouble after several minutes of auto exhaust.
Cover with a tarp or blanket to concentrate.
Christopher A. Young
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Before you use the trap, call your municipality's Animal Control office
and see if they offer traps for free or perhaps a small rental fee. You
may be able to return the trap and get your money back.
My town keeps a few Havahart's in stock (free) and if they are out, and
you don't want to wait, they contract with a local farm market for
something like $10/week for a medium (raccoon size) trap.
Once you catch the animal you call Animal Control and they pick it up,
transport it and return the trap to you. You then bring the trap back to
wherever you got it from.
I used a $10 trap to catch a raccoon last summer. The next night I
caught the neighbor's cat. I didn't call animal control to pick up the
BTW...peanut butter is good bait for a raccoon.
Be careful where you place the trap. The raccoon I caught was not happy.
During the few hours he was in the trap he managed to claw through the
mulch and pulled/ripped up a bunch of landscaping fabric that was under
the mulch. He pulled it from about 4 feet away in all directions. Really
made a mess.
When I left the trap in my driveway, covered with a blanket, for Animal
Control to pick up, the driveway was scratched under the trap and the
blanket was pretty much shreaded.