Trouble Trapping Raccoon

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Trouble Trapping Raccoon

Postby Cindy » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:26 am

Some of you may remember that we had a raccoon using our dog door several years ago before we borrowed a have-a-hart trap and relocated him to a lovely mountain retreat! Now we have another one and he's proving not so easy to get. He was coming in our garage (now we pull the door down) and getting into the sunflower seeds on the deck (we bungee cord the top) and generally be a nuisance. We borrowed a trap again but are having a few problems getting him. We have a small plastic cup wired to the far end of the trap where we put the food. He was trying to reach in from the side to get to the cup so we covered that end to prevent any way of getting to the food. HE HAS to go in the trap. So far we've caught our cat and a possum and even got the raccoon once. But the little guy figured out how to pop the door open and was able to escape in the few minutes it took for us to get dressed so we could take him away!! This guy is VERY VERY smart. Several times he's gone in the cage and gotten the food but managed to avoid stepping on the plate that makes the door come down.

We are getting very frustrated. Any ideas?? And NO - shooting him is not an option.
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Re: Trouble Trapping Raccoon

Postby Liz H » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:26 am

Not that familiar with Havahart traps, but if you borrowed a quite large one it should have a stronger catch. Wonder if that might do the trick?
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Re: Trouble Trapping Raccoon

Postby Jacksbuddy » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:28 am

I am guessing that you have a trap that has the trip pan in the center of the trap. If that is the case then he is probably able to reach over it to get at the bait and the one time it did spring the door its but was out of the trap. The only thing I can think of that might help is to position the trap on a picnic table, place the entrance to the trap on the edge so the coon will have to go from the seat and go all the way into the trap to get at the bait. If he needs some coaxing to go in maybe spice up the bait with some water from a can of tuna but this will also attract some non target animals.
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