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Old 01-04-2013, 06:10 PM   #31
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I had the same thing happen 15 years ago, except I went psycho and caught them in the act, I got a shovel and played whack a coon. They did not come back. 9 hits, on 4 raccoons. Raccoon golf. I like them otherwise
I'm a live trapper these days, but you remove one, another moves right, same with squirrels and other varmits.

I got real good at trapping, but after awhile, the relocation process and the stress you put them under(lost a couple of squirrels) became a hassle and many places, the live trap is illegal. You cannot just relocate them on your schedule, you have to get them out and relocated asap, and on a cold night, they can freeze to death after stressing out. But whacking them with a shovel years ago was not exactly humane either.

I suggest letting nature have it's way, or make the pond deeper and larger, get a good sized outside dog etc. Motion detector set ups can work. Lot of trouble though. Birds can easily pick off fish here also. Herons etc.

But these are nice critters to have visit, you might design things around the nature you have. I keep bonsai and have the squirrels finally trained here (they love to bury nuts in the bonsai pots). It's really hard for them to access the pots now.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:27 AM   #32
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straight sides with no shelves so predators can not easily wade in to rummage for a snack helps as well.
and a large dog whom firmly believes it is his life's purpose to catch and destroy
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:02 PM   #33
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Raccoons have very tight territories. I believe each one has a square mile in populated areas. Very hard to get all of them. Chickenwire would work, but their hands can fit through the holes very easily. Mesh of some sort might work best.

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:20 AM   #34
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Chicken wire doesn't keep raccoons out, they pull it apart. Relocating raccoons is illegal in many places (California). You need hardware cloth.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:31 PM   #35
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We don't have Raccoons in Hawaii but we do have wild pigs. They dug up the ground around our building at work until one of the maintenance guys started spraying Mountainlion pee(we don't have mountain lions either). Maybe this site might help. http://www.predatorpee.com/
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:12 AM   #36
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:17 AM   #37
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IMHO raccoons are unstoppable
They are smart and with those paws. I understand they travel the same path every 3
2-3 weeks.

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