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Old 05-22-2020, 03:28 PM
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had a wire mesh box trap
bait would be gone and nothing in

watched one night. raccoon was reaching through the mesh and grabbing the bait from the side, not going in the trap.
so cover the sides maybe.
Been there done that, watched on camera box trap with MM and they'd reach and get them from the back. Decided to change up on 'em ; wired a smoked chicken leg into the trap with electric fence wire........they didn't come in that night so tripped the trap next AM. forgot to set it again that night, found wire on the outside of the trap and no chicken leg or remains to be found...........

That chicken leg couldn't fit through the mesh, no clue how they did that...
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The bastards chewed the toes off of my dozen chicks, through the mesh bottom of an elevated hutch. I trapped 6 masked vermin in a week. My chicks grew to be hens, all of em.
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Been there done that, watched on camera box trap with MM and they'd reach and get them from the back. Decided to change up on 'em ; wired a smoked chicken leg into the trap with electric fence wire........they didn't come in that night so tripped the trap next AM. forgot to set it again that night, found wire on the outside of the trap and no chicken leg or remains to be found...........

That chicken leg couldn't fit through the mesh, no clue how they did that...
A live blujay got caught in my box trap. Forgot to release it. Just a few feathers left the next morning. That is a nightmare way to go, huh. Being pulled out and devoured little by little through the wire grate.

Two of my traps have holes in them. The raccoons were pulling it apart. I stopped repairing with wire. The inward pointed wires will stab the coon in the dark and maybe persuade it to behave some until I send it off in the morning.

I'd like a row of those tube traps all full of coons with their arms stuck in them. A shooting gallery! But too urban for them.
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Raccoon Nation is good show to watch about urban coons. PBS used to have it for free at their website. These are some clips from it.

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/racc...ritories/7538/

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/racc...uriosity/7536/

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/racc...oduction/7518/

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/racc...-is-hard/7537/

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/racc...the-city/7540/

PBS took Racoon Nation down unless you join their club. I got a copy from the library. The coons are genius.

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/racc...-episode/7558/
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I lost my chickens to coons. I bought a large box trap and baited it with cat food. Caught 4 coons. A large female and 3 half grown kits. The boar coon, bent the door on the trap twice. I have barn cats so could use leg traps. My new pyrenees now keeps coyotes and coons away.
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I am not saying I am a trapper, buy any means. But I have caught so many raccoons, in this type of trap. As well as squirrels, possum, and cats. If you don't catch the targeted species, you can release it unharmed. I used this in, a suburban area.


https://www.homedepot.com/p/Havahart...1081/100400784
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Anything shiny that sparkles but if you catch my wife you have to release her !
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I am not saying I am a trapper, buy any means. But I have caught so many raccoons, in this type of trap. As well as squirrels, possum, and cats. If you don't catch the targeted species, you can release it unharmed. I used this in, a suburban area.


https://www.homedepot.com/p/Havahart...1081/100400784
Havaharts are more than double the price of other cage traps, but they are quality. I bought my first one when I was learning taxidermy at 13 y.o.
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That thing does a good job with raccoons, where I live is walking with them !!
The have no natural predators, and plenty of garbage cans to raid.
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