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Offline mikem

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Talk to me about urban raccoons
« on: June 08, 2011, 12:47:40 PM »
There's a raccoon that's been harassing our chickens and our neighbor's. I was thinking about taking the bugger out, but was curious if I'll be able to save the pelt. We live in an urban area, so I'd guess that it's more prone to diseases or ticks/fleas, and have half way confirmed this by doing some reading online. Should I be worried about this? I'm generally less inclined to kill an animal if I can't make use of it in some way - I may just see if habitat will come out for a trap and release if it's not a good idea to use the fur from a city coon.

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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 01:54:29 PM »
Wait for the body to go cold. All the fleas will leave within a few hours.

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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 07:09:09 PM »
Nice tip. Thanks

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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2011, 09:12:21 AM »
Yeah buddy. I learned it from all the damn squirrels that plague me.

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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2011, 09:59:26 AM »
If you trap it, stay shush about it and move it about 45 miles away. In Oregon it is only legal to trap them with a license and they have to be turned out on national lands, not your state park etc. It may be better to give it a bullet though as raccoons are territorial and it may starve to death.

At close range the beggers STINK as bad as a skunk.. at least the ones in my backyard did. To have the trapper come out, it is $89 per animal caught other than urban cats. That means even if it is not the target animal.

If you try to tan it, if I don't have time right away, I freeze the pelt and get to them later. Raccoons tend to have alot of fat on them I have seen, so will be a bit of work to get that off. I have never tanned a raccoon hide, but plenty of other species.

I use a salt/acid method of

2 pounds salt
8 oz sulphric acid
2 gallons of water.

Good Luck..

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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2011, 03:37:27 PM »
Hey thanks All! I've been traveling this week but the wife says it's still been hanging around, so this might be my weekend project. Great tip about the fleas! Noted for future varmint hunting.

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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2011, 01:58:53 AM »
i have put dead ones in a plastic sack with seven dust . if the fleas and tick are bad.3 to 6 hour latter skin them out.
i try to wait till thanksgiving to start my fur harvest. if there is food they will be back...
10 miles isnt far enuff. if they are a real problem , shoot and shovel.

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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2011, 09:25:14 AM »
How did this go? Did you get him?

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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2011, 06:15:34 PM »
I hit it, but didn't kill it outright. It darted off and couldn't track it once it got past the neighbor's fence. At any rate it hasn't been back since, so maybe it did the trick, although I'm bummed I wasn't able to make it fast and painless (or get the chance to take the pelt).


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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2011, 06:31:20 PM »
Problem solved and lesson learned. You did your best to do your best. Dead animals do not go to waste, they get used by something.

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Re: Talk to me about urban raccoons
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2011, 10:16:34 AM »
Yeah I agree with huntinbull. Squirrels are gone in less than 24hrs at my place.
Glad you got the issue taken care of.