Reminds me now of pictures I took a few years ago:
This raccoon is small and his big daddy was too big for my trap as it
would not latch with him in it several times.
I am aware of endemic rabies around here and handle carefully.
On Sun, 14 Sep 2008 14:36:00 -0700 (PDT), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I've never had luck using a Hav-a-Hart for trapping raccoons nor
groundhogs (I usually get a possum or squirrel). An electric fence
stopped the groundhogs from getting into my vegetable garden (beating
a groundhog over the head with a shovel handle did NOT work!) The
most frugal solution would be chicken wire, will last many years, and
nearly invisible. I'd rather deal with any of the animals than a
Reminds me of a situation I got into once. I'm retired now but used to drive
an 18 wheeler for Sears.
One morning about 3 AM I pulled in to drop a trailer behind a store in
Fayetteville, Ark (Ozark country) and there had been some heavy
construction going on in the wooded hills behind the store. The parking lot,
the loading dock and the slot I was to drop the trailer and the slot with
the empty trailer I was to pick had absolutely hundreds of skunks. I just
started driving as fast as I could in a circle and buzzing the dock with the
air horns going full blast until I thinned them out. I backed in dropped
the one trailer, backed under the other and immediately drug the other
(with tires smoking) to the front parking lot (away from my furry friends)
with out hooking air lines or cranking up the dollies.
I'll never forget that. I heard later that they had been doing some blasting
back in the hills behind the shopping center earlier that day. It would have
been kind of neat if I hadn't had to get out. RM~
Far away as in several tens of miles. They are smart little buggers and
good navigators. A buddy at work relocated the same raccoon about 3
times (he marked it with paint), and it kept coming back. He finally
said the hell with it and shot it.
Note that in many areas, relocating by other than DNR or licensed
professional is illegal, so be discreet.
I'm remembering a couple years ago. The one city west of the river had a
major racoon problem. So, the started a trap and release program. They'd
drive the critters over the river, and let em go in the woods.
Next year, the city on the east side of the river, the mayor announced that
due to the recent surge of racoon problems, they were starting up a trap and
release program. Plans to release them on the west side of the river.
My Dad used to Havahart trap and release squirrels. He finally described it
as like trying to scoop a hole in the ocean by dumping from one side of the
boat to the other.
Securing around the shed makes more sense. How about a couple big fistfulls
of moth balls thrown in?
=============================================Good Idea guys, I'll throw some moth balls in on top of the ammonia I've
already sprayed. Actually I've been re-spraying twice a day. Don't want him
getting too comfy. RM~
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