You’ve probably seen the t.v. show “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?” Well I was beginning to wonder “Am I smarter than a raccoon?” As you can see by the picture I won this contest, but not until the ninth inning!
This raccoon has been tearing up my yard for over a week. I tried to borrow a live trap, but had to go buy one ($75.00 bucks) as I couldn’t locate a loaner. My sod was being ripped up, as Mr. Raccoon went looking for grubs, and I was getting tired up patching things up every day.
The first night I set the trap I used a cut up hot dog for bait. The coon simply stuck his tiny hand through the wire mess and pulled his “offering” out without going near the entrance. (I watched him do it!) The next night I put pieces of chicken at the entrance and had a little “chicken road” going back to the trap trigger. Next morning I found the trap door sprung, all the chicken gone, and no raccoon. Now I’m getting frustrated! I then snuck into my wife’s pantry and opened one of her expensive tuna cans. I left part of the lid attached, and pushed it to the back of the trap. I knew this would work. Next morning, after I got chewed out for “wasting” our groceries, the trap was empty. This old rascal had turned the trap upside down, setting off the trap door, and dumping the tuna cans contents to where he could reach them.
Wow I’m dealing with the “Raccoon from Hell!” Not only is he getting fat off my free dinners, but he’s still tearing up my yard. It was time for some serious action! I placed a black nylon bag over the end of the trap, so it looked more like a cave or tunnel. I then staked the trap in the ground, so he couldn’t roll it. I put the half can of tuna back in place, and the greedy fat bandit was mine! In his last act of defiance he chewed my nylon bag into little pieces.
Ah, now I can go after those pesky grubs that started this whole scenario in the first place. Anyone got a “grub” trap I can borrow?