What to Do About A Cage-Shy (Hard to Trap) Raccoon

Raccoon can be a friendly creature, but it can also be a scary creature. There are times that it can invade our house which is why most homeowner will set up a trap to safely get rid of them. However, there are times that the raccoon can be hard to trap. If you don’t want to result in the ruthless method, there are ways that you can encourage them to enter the cage. Using other method apart from trapping will require a lot of work and completing them is always a struggle.

Tips That Will Encourage the Cage-Shy Raccoon to Enter the Cage

Here are some of the most effective tips that will work for a hard-to-trap raccoon.

Set the Trap at the Best Time

In case that it is seem to difficult to catch your raccoon, it is important that you will set the trap at the best possible time. For example, in USA and Canada, the perfect time to set the trap is during the month of November. During this time, the raccoons are normally beyond their average weight since they are preparing for the winter. In case you live at the southern portion of United States, the best time to catch them is during the months of summer. There’s a large supply of food during these months. You may use a kernel or a fruit as a bait to lure them.

Setting the Trap at the Perfect Place

The proper placement of the trap is more important than the bait you are using. When looking for that ideal place, the exit of their den would always be the most strategic position. Raccoons also have the tendency to wash their foods, so it is also recommended to place the trap near the water source. Also, most of the time, the raccoons are also leaving their tracks. This makes it easier for you to determine the place where they often stay. There is also a possibility that it will reside at the beaver lodge or any cave. It is very important that you will utilize only the humane method when capturing it. There is also a probability that the raccoon is sharing their den with other animals so be careful when trapping them.

Setting the Right Bait

The bait that you are going to use for your trap should depend upon the season. During the summer season, you may use kernel or watermelon. You may also cover the kernel with peanut butter to encourage them to enter the cage. Those hard-to-trap raccoons have an incredible sense of smell that they will find the source of scent. In the event that you are setting the trap inside your house, there is a possibility that the raccoon will not enter the cage. They tend to minimize their activity when they are in the presence of human.

When trapping a raccoon, it is always recommended to avoid panicking. Remember that the raccoons are more scared than you are. When they feel threatened, they can attack you or bite you. Always prepare a safety kit such as gloves and helmet when removing the raccoons.

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