I was so mad! One morning I went to let the chickens out of the coop and found a raccoon had broken in and killed one. I had seen the coons around before and figured I may have to trap them at some point; turns out I was a little too late. I didn’t want to kill the raccoons but they were not leaving me much of a choice. It was game on! I am not an expert at trapping by any means; this was my first go at it. There are plenty of cats around and I didn’t want to deal with trapping or killing someone’s cat by mistake, so the dogproof coon trap seemed to be the answer. The trap itself is just a steel tube with a lever inside. Push the lever down inside the tube while holding the spring loaded arm of the trap, stake it in the ground or tie to a tree with wire and you are all set. Really a very simple trap to use. The first night I had the trap set out, it had been set off and no coon. I had a crumpled up cookie in the tube of the trap. Same thing the second night. The third night I put a marshmallow on the post inside of the tube so when the coon reached into the tube of the trap to grab the marshmallow there was no way the trap would not be set off. Sure enough, the next morning I had a very ticked off boar coon caught. This dude was fat and not so happy. A 22LR CB cap right between the eyes and the chicken killer was toast. A pellet gun would work just as well.
Now anytime I see raccoon tracks by the chicken coop I set the trap. This trap is the way to go in the suburbs. I have found marshmallows are the best bait. If raccoons are around they will take the bait, or try to. No worries about trapping someone’s pet and if you have raccoon problems and use this set up you will get those little turds! Below is a link for the traps. By clicking on the link below you will help fund this website and blog. Thanks a lot and good luck with the raccoons!