Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Another Raccoon!


I will have to admit that I am getting pretty good at this raccoon trapping business. On my first attempt, as you may have read earlier, I caught a kind of albino raccoon (see above). You can read about it here. Heady from this early success, I reset the trap a couple of nights ago only to be disappointed. Something–I suppose it could have been a raccoon or a hungry neighborhood child–got into the trap and ate all the bait. It was a nice piece of chicken. I almost ate it myself.

So, once again I set out my Havahart © trap with a fresh leg of roast chicken from Harmon's in it. And, lo and behold, I caught another one. This one was again not quite what I had been expecting. The coloring was a bit off. It was all black and white, but at least it didn't have a strong odor to it, as I have been warned some varieties of raccoon have. No, it looked somewhat like the first one, but with different coloring (see below).

So, the racoons continue to wreak havoc in Utah, particularly in my back yard where they ate 3 lbs of birdseed out of one feeder in just one night. The Deseret News even had a story on how destructive they are.  And KSL ran a story on them as well. This is no laughing matter, I tell you. Well, I've put the trap out again tonight. If I catch another cat, I'm thinking of switching to Costco roast chicken instead of Harmons.

4 comments:

jeff said...

Seems to me that bird seed might be the appropriate bait. Just sayin...

Urthman said...

Jeff -- I've actually been dumping some bird seed on to the chicken. Straight bird seed didn't seem to do much.

jeff said...

I've tried the raccoon traps a couple of times without success. Our dogs on the other hand have helped us get rid of three of the critters. They don't look like much but they're pretty successful in their own right! We'd loan em to you if you'd cover their room and board!

Urthman said...

Thanks for the offer, Jeff. We'll keep the dog thing in mind. Maybe you could lend me your two grandkids and I could just put them in the backyard. They might not keep the raccoons away, but they'd certainly be fun.