A Few Discussions from Raccoon Trappers Originally On THE Wildlife Pro Network
What is the process and bait for trapping raccoons? I’ve only done it a couple of times and would like to start getting into it. Also is it the same as for skunks?
Raccoons are a common nuisance wildlife species. They frequently enter attics and other parts of homes. They are strong and capable of causing quite a bit of destruction to homes and attics. Female raccoons often enter houses in order to have their young in the springtime.
Raccoons are responsible for a number of nuisance problems, from stealing pet food, to tipping over garbage cans, to raiding ornamental ponds, chicken coops, etc. They are very crafty and capable animals. They typically weigh 10-25 pounds as adults, and are usually larger in northern latitudes. They eat almost anything, and are primarily active at night.
In short, since they are very curious and eat almost anything it won’t take long to develop a few techniques that will work for you. Bait varies, an apple, canned salmon, tuna, I have even caught one with a pizza from Pizza Hut (long story for later). Commercial applications
Those that enter an exit attics can be cage trapped using a positive set on the entry way with either a one door or two door cage.I use a special trap from tomahawk that is designed for this exact purpose and other manufacturers like safeguard similar and just as well built traps like this.
I use the egg trap in areas where I have to worry about not catching other species and would use the Lil Griz if I could get my hands on one.
Their are cages designed for capture in fireplaces and we even have a podcast dedicated to working with fireplaces you might want to listen to.
For help in locating the right raccoon trap try calling
Carol Or Alan Huot’s Staff 860-844-0101.
Another podcast “Coons, Squirrels and Coons” will also shed more light on trapping coons. Our Audio Library of live podcasts is the largest archive on many professional wildlife control topics you can find the raccoon removal related podcasts here http://raccoonremoval.us/podcasts/.
A Few Tips From Other Trappers ON WPN
This time of year I bait with a mixture of cat food and jack mackerel, but you have to watch out for cats. If I have to trap on the ground where cats will be a problem use a comercial bait: check out Jameson’s stuff. In the spring and summer I have good success with Jameson’s peaches and cream. some mini marshmallows thrown out on the ground in front of the trap always helps, but I think it also increases the chances for possums. I make my own dog proof traps that work well for coons that seem to be “cage shy”, but you end up with a catch circle.For skunks I use havahart or safeguard. I bait with fireball. Take a cotton ball and dredge it through the bait and then put it in half an egg shell. Put the bait/egg shell at the back of the trap and crush up a couple of other egg shells in front of the trap. For skunks it helps to cover the bottom of the cage with dirt, leaves, or even an old piece of carpet.Follow Mike McMillan’s advice from his videos and cover the back half of your traps with a tarp, towel, etc. This protects both the bait and the critter.
You may want to use SWEET baits in urban settings,less non- targets. Cherry pie filling fermented will work in a pinch. Commercial baits are usually better. Blackies,Jameson,lots to choose from.
I make em a nice grape jelly and marshmellow sandwich. The sweet bait wont attract the neighborhood cats,