How Do You Trap and Relocate Raccoons?


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One key to trapping a raccoon is placing a properly sized, well-baited trap in an area where the raccoon lives or moves. A second is removing all other attractants from the area. After trapping a raccoon, handle it carefully and relocate it at least 5 miles away.

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How Do You Trap and Relocate Raccoons?
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Before trapping and relocating a raccoon, check local fish and game laws. Raccoons prefer covered areas for living and movement and look for easy access to food and water, so washing and securing trash cans, closing gaps in gates and fences, fixing broken screens and vents, and removing mulch or wood piles that provide cover may discourage the animals from taking up residence in an area.

To trap a raccoon, place a live trap at least 32 inches long on an even surface near possible raccoon living spaces or areas of raccoon damage. Handle the trap with gloves to avoid contaminating it with human scent. Place a marshmallow, a piece of watermelon or some other sweet food where a raccoon must enter the trap completely to get it. Put a weight on top of the trap to keep the raccoon from knocking it over. Set the trap according to the manufacturer's directions.

Check the trap frequently. If a raccoon is inside, drape a cloth over the trap and handle it gently while wearing heavy gloves. Do not let the cage come in contact with unprotected body parts while transporting the raccoon to the relocation site.

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