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What's the best bait for live trapping raccoons?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by orygun, May 25, 2015.

  1. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    We've got a family of raccoons in the neighborhood that's killed some of our chickens. If I didn't live in town, the 12 gauge would be the answer, but that's not an option here. I've decided that I am going to live trap them and "relocate" them.

    What's the best bait to use to draw them in?
     
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  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sounds like Chicken would be!
     
  3. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Sounds like chicken :D

    I have also lost a few over the years but have never tried to trap them so who knows. I know they like fish also as they have pulled them out of our pond.....
     
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  4. nextgenar

    nextgenar roseburg Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you have loose cats in your neighborhood use marshmallows, if you don't have cats to worry about, use cat food.
     
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  5. Joshg

    Joshg Portland Member

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    Used to use a can of wet cat food, works good with them, possums, and the neighbors cat.
    letting them go again is the fun part, still have a few scars.
     
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  6. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Tuna...
     
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  7. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Try and use something that skunks don't like. :eek:
     
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  8. Blackcobra

    Blackcobra Camas Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Jumbo marshmallow in a Grizz trap. Just be careful when you set them 'free' - they are mean bubblegums!

    Man I hate raccoons :p
     
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  9. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My neighbor at the beach used to feed the little buggers. I'd leave the cooked crabs in a bucket of water to cool after cookin and the coons would get em half the time. I got a trap and used the crab guts thinkin that would do it but the critters are pretty smart and I never got one. Got a pellet gun at Bi Mart, that worked. The law in WA now is you cant feed em. You cant trap and move them either , but you can kill em.
     
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  10. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    They'll go for things like canned Tuna and Catfood.

    Peanut butter is pungent enough they may smell that if in the mood I find I have more luck with mice and rats with peanut butter than I do anything else.

    However for coons, skunks, opossums and cats I use Cat food or canned tuna.

    As for non target pests..
    Cats will only get caught 1-2 times before they learn.. Some ferrel and starved cats may re-enter a few more times because of hunger.
    I've seen it all.

    As for not intentionally, opossums or skunks.. Good luck. There is NO magic food that only one foraging omnivore target pest goes after that others would not.
    Your lest bet is to wrap the sides of the cage with tarp AND ductape over that (raccoons with claw away and pull the material in giving them a view if you dont double warp it.) as will skunks

    That way if you catch a skunk its no big deal, just relocate, open the cage and stand back until it leaves same goes for anything else if you havent caught the raccoon.

    They are smart.. If they see something else get caught they have been known to become trapshy or perhaps of they were caught a few times prior.
     
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  11. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  12. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Here's a neat video I've seen a few years ago of a Portland boy trapping raccoons.. good luck.

     
  13. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    We have had them on our property. I did the research and we cant trap or anything. One even caught my sisters dog! I heard the dog scream and pulled my 9, told the coon to let go of the dog.It did and the girl yelled at me to shoot the fn thing. My response was, I don't have a good backdrop and were in beaverton! Could you imagine. Any way I finally went to Aloha feed and pet bought. Coyote and fox urine. Followed the instructions and it's working!!
    http://www.shake-away.com/DomesticCats.php?page=DomesticCat
    Also I have some traps if you want to borrow. PM sent.
     
  14. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Why not ? Some law against it?
     
  15. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Dry dog food, greasier the better.
     
  16. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Raw buffalo liver!
     
  17. U201491

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    If you get bit or scratched by one you have a problem, as many are rabies carriers !
     
  18. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Use a pellet gun and have a hole already dug. Anything on them will start to bail as soon as the body starts to cool.:eek::eek:
     
  19. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    Yep you have to have a trappers licence in washington county and relocate them only.
     
  20. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    That maybe statewide, you may want to look into the laws about having a fur bearers license.
     
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