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Old 06-18-2013, 09:41 AM   #16
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In Illinois, by law, licensed trappers have to kill captured raccoons because of the diseases they carry or they can loose their licenses. Not sure the situation in Michigan but it may be similar. Some evil things in racoon feces can be especially harmful/fatal to the respiratory systems of children and older adults. And cute as the things are, they can do lots of damage and rip a house pet to shreds in a matter of seconds.

I would not be trying too many home remedies for reasons mentioned. I would contact your local animal control people for a list of licensed trappers working in your area or borrow some traps and do the trapping yourself. Be mindful of razor sharp claws and teeth. PETA chapters sometimes have traps for rent/loan if you want to do catch and release.

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In Illinois, by law, licensed trappers have to kill captured raccoons because of the diseases they carry or they can loose their licenses. Not sure the situation in Michigan but it may be similar. Some evil things in racoon feces can be especially harmful/fatal to the respiratory systems of children and older adults. And cute as the things are, they can do lots of damage and rip a house pet to shreds in a matter of seconds.

I would not be trying too many home remedies for reasons mentioned. I would contact your local animal control people for a list of licensed trappers working in your area or borrow some traps and do the trapping yourself. Be mindful of razor sharp claws and teeth. PETA chapters sometimes have traps for rent/loan if you want to do catch and release.
SDESTER has a really good point.Be carefull around that mama. I don't have experience with racoons, but have heard the same thing as SD is pointing as to racoons being a tough and potentially mean/protective animal. (Not that cute cuddly stuffed animal on your kids bed).

Especially up on a roof looking down a chimney... not offering a very good exit strategy
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:53 AM   #18
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I don't want to trap it.
I'll then have to dispose of it.

I'm hoping & praying the ammonia works.
The Trapper told me to push the ammonia saturated cloth with a stick thru the slightly opened damper.

I'll make sure I wear goggles & rubber gloves to avoid contamination.

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I have never heard of raccoons being especially mean unless sick or they or their young are threatened. And then I suspect they would walk away before seeking confrontation. They are among the more bold of foraging creatures/pests though and do not easily let themselves be intimidated by the presence of humans or their pets. As mentioned, they are well equipped to do some real damage to a curious family pet. A friend spent about $2,500 to have a beloved cat back together that was in a raccoon vs cat fight and the kitty was never quite the same. Trappers I know approach them with respect (as they do any cornered or trapped wild animal).

By the way, have we determined you have a raccoon for sure? And not a bat, squirrel or some other creature living in the chimney?
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In Illinois, by law, licensed trappers have to kill captured raccoons because of the diseases they carry or they can loose their licenses.
Pretty insane since the supposed "diseases" are supposedly no problem out in the woods untill the raccoon comes in your chimney, then suddenly the "diseases" are a problem for releasing the animal back where IT CAME FROM to begin with!

Plenty of people have pet racoons, squirrels, red foxes and more, the only disease is the one in the US fish and wildlife service (another govt shill) that "manages" wildlife to death.


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It would do you extremely well to totally avoid those radical NUTS at PeTA and not even have contact with them, just some reading here will give you the idea, and there's scores of this stuff from multiple sources, don't look to HSUS either, they have the same agendas and infiltrated by former PeTA employees now.

http://www.petakillsanimals.com/


According to records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 1,647 cats and dogs last year while placing just 19 in adoptive homes. Since 1998, a total of 29,398 pets have died at the hands of PETA workers.
Despite its $36 million budget, PETA employees make little effort to find homes for the thousands of animals they kill every year.
At www.PETAKillsAnimals.com, CCF has made public PETA’s “Animal Record” filings with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for every year since 1998.

  1. In 2005, two PETA employees were charged with felony animal cruelty related to killing and dumping the bodies of dogs in a North Carolina dumpster.
  2. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk is a radical animal liberation activist.
  3. PETA has connections with violent extremist groups.
PETA has compared Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust to farm animals and Jesus Christ to pigs.

Recent documents uncovered by PETAKillsAnimals.com indicate that the Commonwealth of Virginia was so shocked by the number of animals PETA kills each year that the state inspector attempted to revoking PETA's license to operate a shelter.
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I have never heard of raccoons being especially mean unless sick or they or their young are threatened. And then I suspect they would walk away before seeking confrontation. They are among the more bold of foraging creatures/pests though and do not easily let themselves be intimidated by the presence of humans or their pets. As mentioned, they are well equipped to do some real damage to a curious family pet. A friend spent about $2,500 to have a beloved cat back together that was in a raccoon vs cat fight and the kitty was never quite the same. Trappers I know approach them with respect (as they do any cornered or trapped wild animal).

By the way, have we determined you have a raccoon for sure? And not a bat, squirrel or some other creature living in the chimney?
Hello & thanks,

It's a Raccoon for certain. I saw it go into the chimney twice.
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Any luck?
I Didn't see it yesterday.
We may give it more ammonia today & tomorrow, then test with a lite weight wire cover to see if it gets moved.
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After the raccoons are gone, I would hire a chimney sweep to clean out any nesting debris and/or feces.
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Good idea---I assume the sweep will also add a cap for you?
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After the raccoons are gone, I would hire a chimney sweep to clean out any nesting debris and/or feces.
I'm thinking it is /was a male Raccoon. I never heard any kits,
no squeaks or squeals.

I hope Raccoons have denning behavior like dogs, & will not soil their den.
Will someone please comment on this?
I may not hire a Chimney Sweep, just let nature & the heat from the fireplace clean the fireplace. I do not smell any urine/feces.

After another ammonia bomb,
I don't even believe bacteria is still living in there!


What do you think?

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I'm thinking it is /was a male Raccoon. I never heard any kits,
no squeaks or squeals.

I hope Raccoons have denning behavior like dogs, & will not soil their den.
Will someone please comment on this?
I may not hire a Chimney Sweep, just let nature & the heat from the fireplace clean the fireplace. I do not smell any urine/feces.

After another ammonia bomb,
I don't even believe bacteria is still living in there!


What do you think?

Thanks Again,
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I shared your post with my wife, who is a self-proclaimed behaviorist. She has no education/ experience with racoons.... but she says she can assure you that if it was a male.... it's a mess down there.
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I shared your post with my wife, who is a self-proclaimed behaviorist. She has no education/ experience with racoons.... but she says she can assure you that if it was a male.... it's a mess down there.
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I had a similar problem a few years ago, and an animal control officer I knew suggested the amonia trick. Worked like a charm. Also, for what is it worth, here in Ohio, if you trap a raccoon you have to either kill it or release it on site. It's against the law to transport it anywhere to release it. The concern is the spread of disease.
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I may not hire a Chimney Sweep, just let nature & the heat from the fireplace clean the fireplace.
The risk of nesting materials or feces in your chimney is those materials igniting into flames. With some creosote in the chimney, you get a chimney fire which can spread into a house fire.

How many years have you gone without a chimney cleaning/inspection ?

Now would be a good time. And yes, most of them will install a animal resistant cap if you want them to perform that work.

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