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Old 03-31-2014, 02:24 PM   #1
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I'm overrun with raccoons from 3 vacant lots next to me. If they didn't carry rabies I wouldn't mind. The city can't do anything.

I finally called a couple of trappers to get prices. $255-300 for a week to 10 days and one guy charges $20 more every time he picks up a raccoon.

Just now one strolled thru my yard until I ran out and yelled then he took off.

Has anyone else dealt with this problem?

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How do you know they have rabies? If they did, I would think the city would be very concerned.

You can buy animal traps at Harbor Freight. About $35 each.

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I have a trap, but nowhere far away to release it, plus they can tear up anything they can reach outside of a trap so hauling it in my car wouldn't work.
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Tried animal control?
Around here they will drop off the traps for free. Add a can of cat food and there in.
Lay down a tarp in the car.
There's no way that there's no place to drop them off within a 1/2 hour of where you live.
Just not willing to do it your stuck with the price there asking.
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they make great moving targets ..for practice shootings..
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I have a trap, but nowhere far away to release it, plus they can tear up anything they can reach outside of a trap so hauling it in my car wouldn't work.
Ayuh,.... Fill an empty garbage can with water, 'n drop the trap in,...

No more problem,...
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I enjoy all of the wildlife for the most part, but, every once in a while, there are exceptions, and Ben's suggestion works for me, although it's not an option for everyone. I would definitely start with animal control, and, if that doesn't pan out, pay someone to deal with them. In at least some areas, maybe many, it is not lawful to relocate wild animals, except for those permitted to do so. on the other hand, while I always approach wildlife with the notion that they may be diseased, I would not necessarily assume that they are. Bird feeders, accessible trash cans, etc. provide easy sources of food, hence encouragement. Not saying that is your case, but might be worth talking with some neighbors. Lose opportunity and you will lose the opportunitsts.
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If a coon or any animal is not afraid of you, beware, they could be rabid. I have seen rabid animals several times and they are not afraid of anything but water.

There are repellents but I don't know how well they work.

Don't make the mistake of grabbing one, you will have hold of something you can't let go of, their hind legs have claws that can literally shred a coat and you in the process.
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when you call animal control...what do you think they do with them after they trap them.
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when you call animal control...what do you think they do with them after they trap them.
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Thanks for the suggestions.

A neighbor puts bread out which also attracts crows and I've seen raccoons running into her yard. Code enforcement already had to talk to her about all her stray cats so I doubt she would stop with the bread.

Before I bought my trap Animal Control put their trap in my yard for feral cats. One morning there was a raccoon in the trap which they just released in my yard. It took off really fast. They said they weren't allowed to remove it. You'd think they'd have the same authorization as a licensed trapper.

Guess I'd better start saving money.
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I'll bet money on that...
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This is simple enough, get a coon dog. Just to name a few possibilities of popular breeds, they're is Bluetick, Redbone, Black and Tan, and Plott Hound. Raccoons don't like the sound of the voice of any of those mentioned.
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Fairview, that's one thing I didn't think of. Several yrs ago I spent time in a NC town and was told not to expect to get a room the next week cause they were having a big coon hunt and people from all over go there with their coon dogs. Bluetick is the only one I've ever heard of before.

If we didn't have allergies I'd have a dog. Guess I'll have to convince myself this part of the charm of living in a rural area.
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I cleaned out over 20 from my grandmothers house that were going down chimney, knocking out old thimbles between lowered ceilings and making their own condo association. Live trap with immediate lead poisoning for all. 22 shorts for lead poisoning for those stupid enough to sit on the roof and wait for it. Be bet for you is take Golden Marlin fly bait and place it in a container with a bottle of coke poured over the top and set out where they can find it. Gets rid of the feral cats too.

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