Trapping a raccoon usually seems easy and hassle free, until one actually tries it. Without the proper traps, techniques and bait, it can be a futile exercise. The raccoon eats almost anything, is a very curious animal and has a big appetite, but if you want to succeed where many others have failed in trapping it, take heed of the following tips, ideas for bait, techniques and traps:
The bait one should use is a relatively easy decision to make, since as I have already mentioned, it raccoons will eat almost anything, but you cannot go wrong if you use fatty meat, honey, marshmallows, bacon, watermelon or bacon. The best type of bait will depend on the trapping used, for example, if you go for dry land trapping, marshmallows are a great bet, while if you favor water trapping it is advisable to go for the fish as bait.
There are various types of traps one can use to capture a raccoon, but they can mainly be divided into the lethal traps that will kill and maim, and the non lethal traps.
The first type of trap you can use is the body grip trap. In Ontario these are illegal. The point is to avoid using these traps because we they hurt animals.This resembles a giant rat trap, and a popular choice is the double spring-loaded connibear trap. It is a messy, dangerous and hard to use, not to mention cruel. It is not advisable to use it unless you are very experienced in trapping raccoons. The second type of raccoon trap is the paw hold trap, which will work by trapping the raccoon by holding fast onto its paw until the trapper or hunter comes back.
The most common type of trap to capture raccoons is the live cage trap, where the raccoon will go in lured by food, only for the trap to shut and trap it inside, alive and unharmed. Most of these live cage traps are made of steel, and they need to be large enough to hold the animal inside. The most common brand of raccoon trap can be found at your local hardware store.
Techniques to capture the raccoon
Once you have decided on the type of trap to use, it is important to know the following trapping techniques, otherwise you might end up capturing the wrong animal, or fail to capture anything despite your best efforts. Firstly, set the trap in the animal’s path, where it passes by or near its suspected habitat, or near its source of food. This will increase the likelihood of capturing it.
Secondly, try to conceal the trap in a natural manner. Placing the trap in the middle of the road will not get you anywhere, because raccoons are intelligent and will be naturally suspicious if a steel cage in the middle of nowhere, containing a marshmallow.
Use gloves to reduce human scent while setting the trap. Any indication of human activity will spook the animal, it is also wise to ensure the trap is strong and big enough to catch the raccoon. Good luck with catching the raccoon, be safe, and if all fails, call the wildlife experts. Keep in mind, that even if you trap and remove the animal, they will come back. Call us for professional assistance.