What Are The Disadvantages Of Using Cage Traps To Catch Problem Raccoons?
When it comes to dealing with a raccoon problem, there are several different options that people can use ranging from trying to repel the raccoon from the area to using non-lethal and lethal traps to catch the animals. The cage trap is just one option that can be used to catch raccoons that are causing problems such as stealing food, damaging the inside of a building or rooting through garbage. While many view using a cage trap to catch a raccoon as a humane alternative to lethal traps or hunting the animals, this method of catching raccoons also has several drawbacks that are worth considering.
The Trial And Error Of Choosing The Right Bait
While some people will place a cage trap without putting any bait in the trap, the majority of those who achieve success using cage traps will usually place some form of bait within the trap. If you are trying to catch one or maybe two raccoons that are in a particular area, choosing the bait can often be a trial and error process, as there is often a variety of different behaviors exhibited by different animals. Some people will appeal to the raccoon's sweet tooth by using marshmallows or peanut butter as bait, while others swear by using rather pungent bait such as fish that is beginning to rot or cat food to catch the attention of the raccoon.
For professional wildlife removal experts dealing with raccoons in an attic, one common trick is to wait until they see the mother going out to forage, and then to capture the kits, and place them in the trap as bait. Because the mother will be very keen to get back to her young, this can overcome her natural caution of the trap.
Transporting And Relocating Raccoons
Another disadvantage that comes with catching a raccoon in a cage trap is that it can often cause a problem in terms of what to do with the raccoon once it has been caught. It is vital to handle the trap with care, as the animals will often try to scratch and bite, and one trick that many people will use is to throw a blanket or sheet over the trap, which does tend to make the raccoon calmer.
Relocating the raccoon or raccoons that have been caught can also be a problem in many areas as it can be illegal to release a wild animal into an unfamiliar habitat. Where it is legal, it can often require a fair journey in a vehicle with the raccoon, which is certainly not a good companion for a trip in close quarters. Those with a flatbed truck will usually find it best to leave the raccoon on the back because of their scent.
The Success Rate Of Relocating Raccoons
While many people think that relocating a raccoon
into a new area well away from where they were caught in the cage trap is a kind thing to do, the reality is that the raccoon will still have several challenges to overcome in order to survive. It will often be relocated in an area where there are already raccoons occupying the territory, and they will often find themselves fighting in order to find a piece of territory. Many raccoons will also try and return to their previous home, however far away it has been relocated, and these animals can sometimes find themselves in traffic accidents or in conflict with others as they try and return to their territory. The idyll of relocating a raccoon into a beautiful natural area may seem perfect, but in many cases it will still provide the animal with a range of different challenges to survive.
Dealing With A Raccoon Family
Another situation that will often happen in domestic properties is that people will come into contact with a raccoon when they see the mother of a family of raccoons, and using a cage trap in this instance has its own problems. The most common locations for the cage traps are outdoors near the points where raccoons pass regularly, but these traps will often catch a mother, but won't catch the kits which are located inside a nearby property or outbuilding. If a female raccoon is caught during the spring and summer when her babies are still young, it is important to find and remove the baby raccoons too, otherwise they will die without their mother, and finding raccoon carcasses several months later can be even more unpleasant than catching live raccoons.
Trap Shy Raccoons
While many raccoons will often be unable to resist the temptation of the bait and will be caught fairly quickly, some raccoons will have encountered cage traps before, and will be shy of the trap making them very difficult to catch. Some people try to wash away any human scent from the trap before placing it, while others will try and set the trap in a location that the raccoon will find it difficult to avoid. Some professionals will be able to locate where the raccoon is going in and out of its den or the building in which it is living, and will then use wire mesh to create a tunnel to lead the raccoon to the cage meaning that it has no option but to go into the trap.