[NAFEX] racoons

Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Fri May 9 10:03:23 EDT 2008

One of the other pathologists who worked with me 10 years or so ago 
lived in a nice residential neighborhood just a couple of blocks from 
the lab.  Raccoons were raiding his koi pond, so he embarked on a 
trapping vendetta.  Over an 18 month period, he caught over 125 of the rascals.

As has been previously noted, in some states relocation of trapped 
wildlife - including raccoons - is prohibited, and any wildlife 
biologist will tell you straight up that it's a bad idea, both for 
the relocated animal, as well as the population already in existence 
at the site of relocation.
People would like to think that they're being kind, but in many 
instances, relocation results in a slow, lingering death due to 
starvation and competition from the established resident population 
into which they've dumped this 'new' animal - not to mention that an 
'urban' racoon may not be especially adept at surviving 'in the wild'.
Far better for all concerned to dispatch troublesome raccoons, 
rabbits, etc. rapidly and humanely with a bullet.

Lucky Pittman

At 08:35 PM 5/8/2008, you wrote:
>In a message dated 5/8/2008 5:41:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
>alandhaigh at gmail.com writes:
>After trapping them in the mistakenly titled have a heart the best 
>thing to do is to shoot them about an inch above the point directly 
>between the eyes with an appropriate weapon.
>Hi Alan,
>I'm with you 100%. A columnist for the local paper wrote of catching 
>raccoons at her house in town and having them safely removed to the 
>country. If they were dumped in my back yard they are less safe than 
>if kept in town. I too shoot them, use 22 CB shorts. My neighbors 
>also destroy them. Maybe we should catch and release them in the 
>middle of town!
>I wrote a letter to the editor of the paper asking her to in the 
>future dispatch them to raccoon heaven where they can enjoy cookies 
>and marshmallows forever.
>PS.  22 caliber CB shorts have a low report.
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