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Obviously any left over table scraps would work, but does anyone have a "secret recipe" or know something that they really love that won't spoil quickly?

I've been trying to track what I assume is a raccoon for the last 5 months now. It doesn't visit my back yard often, but does make an appearance at least once a month. It very well could be more than one raccoon for all I know.

My back yard is fenced in, but behind the fence is all field and wooded areas.

1st sign was 5 months ago. Something had been crapping in the fork of my big oak tree. A google search led me to believe that it was raccoon feces.

4 months ago, something tore open a bag of hibiscus fertilizer. The teeth marks looked like a raccoon. Did not look anything like a squirrel.

3 months ago, something ripped the metal vents apart on my 12x20 storage shed. The vent looked like something shot it from the inside with a shotgun. The shed has a bad roof and some rotten wood. I plan to have it all replaced this Spring, so after verifying that nothing was in the shed, I filled the hole with spray foam. I know they can tear through the foam, but wanted to see if it was going to come back. I set up a game camera pointed at the shed. No luck with pics as of yet.

2 months ago, something ripped open a bag of granular ant killer on my deck and ate a lot of it. It was a new bag that I had used that day. I only poured a small amount on an ant bed and rolled the bag up. There was more than half in the bag when I put it on the deck. Whatever got into it left me less than 1/4 of the bag counting what I swept up.

Today, I get a call from my girlfriend. She said something ripped the shingles off of the shed roof and there is a clear access hole into the shed. She said that it looks like it tore chunks out of a rotten corner piece of plywood. She beat on the walls of the shed, but didn't hear anything inside. She's afraid to open the doors. I'm at work and will open it once I get home in a few hours. She also doesn't know how to work the game cam, so I'll be checking that as well.

If it's in the shed, I can set up a trap in the shed with it and close it back up and check back periodically. I'd much rather trap and relocate, but I do not have an issue with just shooting it.

If it's not in the shed, then I can put the trap near the shed and hopefully catch it.

Any other idea's? Any chance from everything I have said that this could be something other than a raccoon, like an opossum?
 

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I've heard they love marshmallows. Check at least once every 24 hours; that the law most places.
 
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I've heard they love marshmallows. Check at least once every 24 hours; that the law most places.
Thanks. Marshmallows and Salmon seem to be the popular bait.

I've been reading up on this. Glad I did.

It's illegal to transport or relocate nuisance fur-bearing animals in Texas due to the possibility of rabies. Class C misdemeanor.

It's not illegal to shoot the fur-bearing nuisance animal on site given that I am the land owner. I am the land owner.

Landowners or their agents may take nuisance fur-bearing
animals in any number by any means at any time on that
person’s land without the need for a hunting or trapping
license.
Live traps are my only option. Any other trap will require a permit or license.

I'm still reading up on it:
https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_w7000_0065.pdf


Other sites suggest using Marshmallows or canned salmon as the best bait. Using the canned salmon, poke holes in the can so that the smell will travel. I'll most likely use canned salmon as I have plenty of that and no marshmallows.

Another site that I was reading said that the reason why raccoon's try to get into sheds or attics is because they're pregnant and are ready to drop the litter. If the mother raccoon has already had the babies, put the babies in the trap as bait. The protective mother will go in to get the babies and she'll be trapped. Using this method ensures that you won't catch other animals like the neighborhood cat.

Still got 2hrs before I go home, so i'll continue reading.
 

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I got this from a critter catcher---I've used it and it works.

Slice of bread--peanut butter--marshmallows --pancake syrup

I've caught over a dozen with that mixture---I think the aroma travels and brings them in.
 

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Peanuts also attract skunks and those cost $135 here from the critter people to get rid of. I won't bore you with the story except to say not having to smell that for weeks was probably worth the $135.
 
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Peanuts also attract skunks and those cost $135 here from the critter people to get rid of. I won't bore you with the story except to say not having to smell that for weeks was probably worth the $135.
I'll stay away from peanuts for sure. :surprise:

I use water packed SARDINES. Drive or drill a few holes in lid or open partially.
Most all critters will go for them.

RR :smile::smile:
I have those on hand at all times as well. I'll resort to that if the Salmon doesn't do it. Thanks for the response.


Attached a pic of the hole. It's bigger than it looks and I know a raccoon can fit through it. It's higher than I could reach, and I didn't feel like dragging the ladder out for a pic.

I came home and promptly (cautiously) opened the shed. There was nothing in there. My gf says the debris on the ground has changed since she found it, so she believes the raccoon came back out of the hole since this morning when she found it.

Currently, I have my havahart trap setup in the shed with a can of salmon. I put it inside the shed so there's less of a chance of catching a cat. I poked holes around the perimeter of the can and then tilted the can so that the juices run out onto the lid.

Reviewing the game camera doesn't show me anything except that the hole has been there since 9:30am yesterday morning.

I'll keep checking the trap and go from there.
 

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Raccoon's don't go out hunting every day in the winter---so your unwanted guest might be waiting for nicer weather----
 

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Raccoon's don't go out hunting every day in the winter---so your unwanted guest might be waiting for nicer weather----
That's what I am thinking. I don't think it's been back since it made the hole. The trap gets checked every 6-8hrs depending on who is home.

It hasn't rained yet, so I haven't patched the hole. Instead, I loosely placed one of the shingles that the raccoon tore off over the hole. The shingle hasn't moved.

When I replace this shed here in the next month or two, I think I will go for one with a metal roof. :)
 

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I've got one racoon that must have been trapped and got out.

She will reach through the wire and get what she can reach---then roll the trap on its side to get the rest----I've watched her----one smart little critter.
 

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I've got one racoon that must have been trapped and got out.

She will reach through the wire and get what she can reach---then roll the trap on its side to get the rest----I've watched her----one smart little critter.
That's why I only poked holes into the tops of the salmon cans. Can't pull it through the side of the trap, so it will have to find another way to get it. Hopefully by going in.

I've still got the trap set, but the raccoon hasn't come back yet. I've since did an embarrassing patch to the roof of the shed. I am also currently looking for another shed, and someone to haul off my current shed.
 

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I have two feral cats that live somewhere near by---I've caught both in the traps --

I really don't mind them, but I'll bet they would end up in the trap again if I used fish.
 

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had a family of ***** living in my sun porch overhang..what a mess and the smell was horrible...had babies up there as well..I went nuts,on them sticks,stones , smoke bombs, traps you name it....nothing worked...so sent my wife away for the day ....best idea..ever..got out my ladder got up there with a gun put it into the overhang started firing.. did it in all joists spaces...then had to drag out the dead ones....6 total... no more ***** while this may not work for everyone it did for me and may work for you as well...be careful ,,,,
 

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had a family of ***** living in my sun porch overhang..what a mess and the smell was horrible...had babies up there as well..I went nuts,on them sticks,stones , smoke bombs, traps you name it....nothing worked...so sent my wife away for the day ....best idea..ever..got out my ladder got up there with a gun put it into the overhang started firing.. did it in all joists spaces...then had to drag out the dead ones....6 total... no more ***** while this may not work for everyone it did for me and may work for you as well...be careful ,,,,
I wouldn't have to send my girlfriend away for that. She would want to do the shooting. The problem is, she would hit everything except the raccoons. :laughing:
 

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Update. I'm still using the same can of salmon from when I first set the trap. :sick: It's getting pretty potent. If I shake up the can, there's a really strong fish smell that lingers out for a while. I'll probably swap the salmon out for something fresh soon.

I also caught the friendliest cat with the smelly salmon. It acted like it didn't even care that it was in the trap. It just wanted to sit there and meow at me for attention. Once I got it to come out of the trap, I had to go hide inside the house so it would leave. According to the gamecam, it was only in the trap for about 2hrs before I let it out.

Still no raccoon. I may give up on trying to trap it, but fear that the day I don't set the trap will be the day that it comes back.
 

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Update 2: And I almost gave up, lol. Came home from work this morning ,shortly after making my previous post, and there's a raccoon in the trap. Hopefully, this is the nuisance and not the wrong one.



From the GameCam:

 

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Nice work! Definately don't give up on racoons, it can take a long time to get them, especially if there's a lot of them.

I served a few terms as the property head on our church council. Last year, we had a major racoon problem. They found their way into the attic of our 160 year old church, and entered about 35' off of the ground. Destroyed some of the AC equipment while up there, and turned the attic into thier bathroom......

The biggest problem though, and the way we discovered the fact they were in there, is that one fell through an AC cold air return vent in the ceiling, directly above the lecturn!! The Pastor thought I was changing the filters at first, but realized there was no ladder set-up, and realized I wouldn't have left something like that open w/o letting him know. He then looked around a little more, and saw racoon feces on one of the small clergy pews on the chancel, and figured it out. It was quite a chaotic day until we figured out how the racoon got out (we have a pre-school housed in our church, so theres' an immediate concern when the kids are there and there's a wild animal running around!). We ended up calling in a animal control company, and they come out within an hour. It took them ~2 months, but they ended up catching 7 racoons in all. They used live traps with a marshmallow, that they dipped in some other bait that came in a jar.

Good luck, be glad you got him before he caused any more dammage.......
 
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