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raCOOOOOOOONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! arg!!!!

 
Betty Lamb
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So, I go out to put the chicken on the compost and I glance lovingly at my hugelbed, those marauding, evil racooons dug huge holes in it, right in the spot with the most lettuce sprouts coming up, right there in that cluster of lettuce. I am trying to calm down, I admit I nearly cried, but blind rage might be more accurate.

So, tell me what do you do to keep racoons off your gardens? You know what else they did? I left out some chocolate for them because they snoop around the chicken coop and chocolate gives them diarrhea, then another time I had some left over egg salad so I loaded it with cayenne pepper (mammals don't like cayenne). Those little bastards ate the chocolate and the cayenne laced egg salad then went to the trouble of coming up onto the deck and crapping in the corner!!! Both times!!!

I loathe racoons.

How can I keep them out of my garden? I've covered the top of the bed with blackberry vines that I cut off from another section of the yard....
 
R Scott
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Somewhere I have a recipe for Thanksgiving Raccoon with cranberry sauce...



Best non-lethal deterrent is a HOT wire about 6 inches off the ground smeared with peanut butter.
 
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Dog time ?
 
Betty Lamb
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I was thinking digging a trench around my garden and booby trapping it with sharpened bamboo....

I would get a dog and a fence if we didn't rent.
 
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It's not a dog it's a biological racoon control ?

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I was reading a story about five French families who combined their gardens and illeagly kept a COW!

David
 
R Scott
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If you can trap, a Duke dog proof trap is hands down the best trap. It is a fist-in-the-hole trap, they reach in for the bait (cotton ball with scent or a jumbo marshmellow) and it grabs their arm. Takes no room, unlikely to trap or hurt other animals (or kids!), coons are wary of it like a box or cage.

Cheap, too.

You can also buy coyote urine and any number of odor-based deterrents, but none I have found work as good as bone sauce.
 
Matu Collins
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We used to have raccoon problems but since the skunk moved in, raccoons haven't bothered us. Now we have skunk problems...

 
Joe Camarena
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Get a live trap. Racoons cannot resist wet catfood. I buy a can of wet catfood, bait the trap and catch a racoon.

If you tan the hides I will buy them from you.

Joe
 
L. Zell
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At my house, coon is a four-letter word. I live trapped a bunch (including an entire litter of 4 at once), live trapped some more, and they still managed to find a way into the bird pen. Killed a bunch of possums and some skunks too. A big bull mink wiped out about $400 worth of birds in 2 weeks. Bought a pyraneese. No more coons. Or possums, or skunks, or coyotes, or...
 
George Meljon
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I used to trap them and give them to a neighbor who took them for training his hounds. Maybe a craigslist ad could work to find this?

 
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