How to Catch Pesky Raccoons

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Raccoons are lively animals with a near-whimsical look on the face due to the bandit-mask hair. Raccoons, while adorable, are known to be raiders of garbage cans, kitchens and cabins. If you have a pesky raccoon giving you trouble, try live trapping the animal and then calling your department of environmental conservation or wildlife enforcement officer to move it far away from your residence. Use live traps for humane catching and removal of the animal. Do not handle the animal once trapped; call the agency of your area to take the critter from your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Peanut butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Live trap
  • Select a live trap big enough to handle an average sized raccoon. The average raccoon size is between 10 to 30 pounds and around 3 feet long. Use a trap designated for the raccoon.

  • Locate the area the raccoon frequents most often. If it is getting under your porch or crawl space, look for a hole gnawed into the wood or dug under the ground. Place raccoon-appropriate bait into the trap's bait well. Raccoons are known to favor marshmallows (no toasting them!) and peanut butter.

  • Place the trap in the known areas the raccoon frequents and leave it out overnight.

  • Check the traps in the morning. If the raccoon is trapped in the cage, make the phone call to the wildlife enforcement agency for your region. If you do not know who this is, call 911 and explain the situation. The dispatch officer will send the appropriate officer to your residence to remove the animal, most likely for live-release relocation.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you must handle the raccoon, use heavy duty leather gloves and a face mask. Raccoons are known carriers of diseases, some of which are transmittable to humans.

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