:>Since trap and removal isn't possible here in Berkeley, I'll have to do
:>Poison isn't an option. Even if it were, you have no guarantee that the
:>animal(s) will/won't die under the house, maybe even in a place I can't
:>access. That would be a REAL problem.
:>I just decided what will almost surely work:
:>I'll make a door that has something like a cat-door, but will allow only
:>egress, not ingress. I have a lot of wire screen, stiff stuff, about
:>3/8" mesh. I'll make a swinging door, mounted from the top so that it
:>will swing out easily when pushed. The animal can easily see the light
:>of day through the wire mesh one-way door. The animal will surely push
:>on it when it gets desperate to go out, which it surely will. Once out,
:>any such animal won't be able to get back in because the door can only
:>be pushed open by the animal from the inside, not lifted open from the
:>outside, such as I can do.
:>Once a couple of days go by and there are no prints, I can affix my
:>permanent door. Or, even affix the screen tightly to the door on there,
:>actually. Should any other access become available to an animal in the
:>future, I can reseal the other access and then reuse the swinging door
:>in the elimination scenario.
:If it is a racoon, it will either unscrew the hinges or just grab the
:wire mesh and open it. I have watched them open coolers.
Ah, well, thanks everyone for educating me on the nature of racoons. I
had no idea they are so clever. Obviously, I'll have to do something
more if it is racoon(s), and I figure there's a darn good chance it is.
I could use the plan and see if it works, and if it doesn't go to plan B
I hear that racoons can be nasty when confronted, so that makes me
nervous about entering the space (from an alternate, my favorite
entrance) with a flashlight with the intention of shooing the animal(s)
out. I don't relish the idea of fending off an attacking racoon!!
Don't know what to do, in that event. Thinking cap back on...