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Old 11-27-2012, 12:08 AM
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I've used just a little bit of canned cat food with excellent effect.
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Ive done this for a living. Marshmellows always worked. That and dry dog food is what I carried in truck. No mess no stink, economical, temp friendly and they work.

Shoot I have caught a raccoon hanging a cotton ball in a trap.
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we're currently doing the same things for the same reason, just put out a trap yesterday to catch the coon that was sniffing around our chicken coop a few days ago. It can't get in the main coop, we have hardware cloth covering up all the openings, but it could get in the run when the chickens are outside.
I put a few marshmallows with peanut butter in the trap. We have neighbors and can't shoot it. We did shoot it with a pellet gun but it was laughing at us.
Now the problem is what are we going to do with it if we catch it. I was going to drown it in a 55 gal barrel, but my kids vetoed that idea saying it was too inhumane...is it?
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Well if your kids think it is thats all that matters isnt it? Unless you do it while they are away. Ten miles down the road is the rule of thumb otherwise.
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Well if your kids think it is thats all that matters isnt it? Unless you do it while they are away. Ten miles down the road is the rule of thumb otherwise.
Ten miles is what I typically do, ie. I don't dispatch every critter I catch in any trap. Since I'm in suburbia I have carted critters to rural areas to release. With that being said, I wonder what would be an effective rabies test for coons before releasing one. I think their incubation period is anywhere from a week to 3 months. With the risk of rabies I may start dispatching all coons.
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The only tests we did when required by state or a bite involved cutting the head off.
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Ten miles is what I typically do, ie. I don't dispatch every critter I catch in any trap. Since I'm in suburbia I have carted critters to rural areas to release. With that being said, I wonder what would be an effective rabies test for coons before releasing one. I think their incubation period is anywhere from a week to 3 months. With the risk of rabies I may start dispatching all coons.
gotta send the brain to your state lab no way to test a live animal other than quarantine it for 10 days
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Day # 2, no critter in the trap! Maybe we scared the coon sufficiently that it won't come back to our yard

catching, moving, and releasing racoons is illegal in Florida, you are not supposed to make them someone else's problem , they are a nuisance species and are supposed to be destroyed somehow
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my racoon trap has been sitting out in the yard next to the chicken coop for a week now, with the marshmallows and peanut butter untouched, no luck! Racoon seems to have disappeared! Maybe shooting it with the airsoft gun scared it after all
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gotta send the brain to your state lab no way to test a live animal other than quarantine it for 10 days
Thanks, the incubation period seems to vary with every species. I take no chances and was using gloves when skinning them before it became a news item.
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For coons I use a live trap and generic cat food, I trapped 9 in two weeks useing that method.

In mid-summer I had a run in with a Bobcat that killed three ducks, a chicken and a turkey. I sealed the ducks in a fully wired pen, locked the chickens and turkeys up and stuffed a spare rooster in a wire cage. Left the rooster out in the middle of the poultry yard and staked two leg hold traps down on either side, next morning I had my Bobcat.
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Erm, I know this about killing varmints, but why not just use hardware cloth, bury it a couple of feet around the coop or run, and cover it with very large rocks? 'Coons won't dig that far and I've never lost a single hen to raccoons. I was told many years ago that chicken wire keeps chickens in, but keeps nothing out.
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