You may want to reconsider pissing a family of raccoons off. Those guys can be quite nasty when threatened.
Instead, how about live trapping and relocating them?
Here in CT it’s illegal to trap and relocate furry creatures. The threat of spreading rabies is the reason. I was told this by the local UCONN Animal/Agricultural office that deals with this stuff: “If you trap them, you have to kill ‘em,” she said. "We don’t care how you do it - drown ‘em, shoot ‘em, whatever. But don´t transport them to some other place.” I couldn´t believe how cold-blooded her tone was.
So, I might go ahead and trap the damn coons and shoot them.
By the way Seven, my son-in-law the outdoorsman, suggested I use cat food as
coon bait. (I assume he meant not the dry food, but the juicy, smelly stuff out of a can.) Have you ever tried it – as bait, that is?
If it´s it just as effective as shell fish, having a couple of cans of cat food on hand might be more convenient than getting your hands on shell fish whenever you want to snare a coon. (Please take this in the spirit intended, Seven.)
I assumed there were some woods nearby, therefore once you get them running that’s where they’d go. It’s just a few raccoons right? I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
Yes we have woods nearby, and that´s where they originate from. But they´re more than a few (see above), and they´d just come right back. I might as well confess to what draws the raccoons to my house. Birdseed.
I have a couple of seed feeders and suet feeders hanging outside our den. Been doing this for several years now, and as a result we are visited by a wonderful variety of birds throughout the day. At night the raccoons come by to nibble on the seeds the birds push out of the feeders.
There have been times when I´ve counted 7 or more coons in the birds area… So I´ve got to get them under control.
Live traps are probably your best bet. Racoons can be very stubborn and/or agressive when cornered, and you may never get them out. Or when you do, you might not want to be anywhere in the vicinity.
Yes, that seems to be the consensus, Mom.
Wish me luck, folks, and thank you all very much for your suggestions.