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What to do about a cage-shy (hard to trap) raccoon?

Raccoons can be at the same time scary or friendly and it all depends. The animals may intrude the home and the people want to create the entrapment so that the raccoons can be killed or captured. However, when a raccoon is cage-shy, it may make the capture hard and the cost may require too much work. Wild animals are not the ones that can be kept as pets in homes. These are also not allowed to be entered in homes, attic, or any place where the human are to move about. This is just because of the threats and dangers which is caused by the wild animal’s presence. If it is hard to capture a raccoon, you have to set the time first to capture them. There are times when it is better to capture the raccoons before the winter when they want to add more weight for the winter. In the drought period, the raccoons will also eat anything that they find and this may include the fruits and kernels set like baits.

The place where you put the cage is important and it can lead to the success or not. The exit of a den is most of the time the best place. Raccoons like to wash food before they eat them so you may put the trap near water edge. The raccoon will leave the tracks while entering in the den. When the raccoon is shy and it is hard to enter into the cage, then you should be aware of the legal methods that you can use to capture it. You have to be sure that you had the permission of using the traps or to build the traps near a public building. You should also be careful that you trap only the raccoons and not other animals that may be sharing the same habitat with the raccoons like the skunks.

The bait to use has to depend on which season. When it is in summer, you will find sweet foods that can be used like bait. Kernel and watermelon are two options that may work as alternatives. The cage shy raccoons can find them too smelly and they may enter into the cage on their own. If the trap will be set in the old house, it is possible that it may not enter into it easily so you should determine which is the right spots near the places where they do hide. Have helmet on and gloves before you capture the raccoons.

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