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How to Trap a Raccoon
Raccoons may appear to be cute and cuddly
animals that couldn’t harm anyone, but those who
have experienced an infestation of the animals
in or around their home will know differently.
Raccoons are not only a pest in terms of the
damage they can do, but they are also known to
carry diseases that can be dangerous to people
and domestic pets. This is not to vilify the
raccoon because they are simply animals trying
to survive, but their success in surviving in a
human environment is one which has meant the
species has continued to grow.
Choosing The Right Trap To Catch A Raccoon
One of the most important things in any attempt
to trap a raccoon will be to make sure you use
the right trapping equipment. There are a number
of traps that will be effective in catching a
raccoon, but it is important to consider the
type of trap you are using and whether or not it
can harm or affect other animals.
For those who do use a lethal trap, the most
common type will be the body trap which will
catch the raccoon under a metal bar and can
crush the animal or choke it if the bar snaps
across the neck. Although these are not widely
used there are still some wildlife management
companies and individuals that will use this
kind of trap. The problem with lethal traps is
that they can lead to a lingering death for the
animal if it catches the raccoon on the wrong
part of the body, and also leaves you the
problem of a carcass to deal with. Another
problem is that they can catch the wrong
The other option is the live trap, and the most
popular is the cage trap which will be baited
with food that will be most attractive to a
raccoon. The animal will wander in to the cage
to gain access to the food, but will then find
that they can no longer get out of the cage. All
live traps will need to be checked regularly, at
least once every 24 hours to see if it has
caught an animal so that you can minimize the
distress and suffering for the raccoon. There
are also traps that will catch the paws of the
animal, but the use of this type is reducing,
and is generally used by those hunting for fur
or people who have had such traps for a long
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Baiting And Locating Your Trap
One of the toughest things for anyone who is
trying to bait a trap to catch a raccoon is
choosing the bait. It is best to avoid using
meat, as this is bait that will attract many
different species. There are some commercially
available raccoon baits which have been
developed to attract raccoons, but many people
have had great success using a trap baited with
marshmallows. Read more about What
Bait To Use For Raccoon Traps
Choosing the right spot to place the trap will
also be very important, and the key location
will be one that the raccoon uses regularly but
won’t catch other animals. If they are in your
attic or basement locating this at the entrance
will be a good place to start, as are any holes
in or under your fence that the raccoon uses to
access your yard.
Handling And Removing The Raccoon
Because raccoons are known for carrying a number
of diseases, and for the reason that they are
likely to be aggressive or disorientated by
being trapped, it is best to keep handling of
the raccoon to an absolute minimum.
Some states will have regulations about
relocating the animal and will insist that it is
taken to an official location to be relocated or
euthanized. It is best to take the animal at
least ten miles away before releasing it, as
raccoons will often return to their nest.
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This site is intended to provide raccoon
education about how to trap a raccoon in your
house or property and and information about
raccoon trapping, so that you can make an
informed decision if you need to deal with a
raccoon problem. This site provides many raccoon
control articles and strategies, if you wish to
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