Tips on How to Trap a Raccoon May 21, 2017

If you are interested in learning how to trap a raccoon then you should really consider checking out websites like which has a section dedicated to raccoons. During the course of this conversation, we are going to take a look at some of the risks linked to trapping raccoons!

Trapping Raccoons is Dangerous

Most people look at raccoons and think they would make a great pet but what these individuals fail to realize is these raccoons are wild animals. It took thousands of years to domesticate dogs and cats so thinking that you can catch a raccoon and turn it into a pet is very dangerous! A raccoon is capable of delivering a very powerful bite plus they carry diseases like rabies so you shouldn’t for one moment think you can turn them into a pet.

Since raccoons carry diseases like rabies you have to have the right trap in place and know how to handle those traps otherwise the raccoon will claw, scratch and bite you every chance they get! The first option is to understand why the raccoons are coming to your area, is there a source of food that attracts them? If you remove the food that attracts the raccoons then chances are pretty high they won’t come back but if you cannot get rid of the food source the only alternative is trapping them.

There are live traps and traps that kill raccoons that are available, we will focus on traps that do not kill the raccoon for the duration of this conversation. These live traps do pose security risks to you if they are not properly installed the raccoon can escape when you are trying to move the trap so always follow the instructions that are provided and if you are not sure what to do always seek out professional help.  Do not try to move the trap in the night time, raccoons are nocturnal so they are wide awake at night, by moving them in the daytime you can see what is happening plus the raccoon will be sleepy so they are less likely to attack you but always exercise caution.

Where do you plan on moving the raccoon after you catch it? This is the step that most people overlook until they actually catch the raccoon. Check with your local SPCA and find out if they provide a relocation service or could recommend a place for you to transport the raccoon after you trapped it. What some SPCAs do is provide a service where they pick up the trap with the raccoon, relocate the raccoon and bring the trap back to you for future use. This is not a standardized service so you will need to check around and confirm whether it is available in your area or not. When you have confirmed where you are going to be relocating the raccoon you can then move forward and actually place the trap just make sure it is in an area where raccoons go so you will trap a raccoon instead of a dog or cat.

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