Mark Mazer via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sat, 27 Jun 2020 08:21:34 PDT
NY law allows unlicensed homeowners and farmers to destroy raccoons that
damage property. It's the relocation part that is illegal.

Mark Mazer

On Sat, Jun 27, 2020 at 11:07 AM Robert Lauf via pbs <
pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:

>  Here in TN, the laws are much more reasonable.  Raccoons are a nuisance
> animal and can be trapped by a property owner with no hunting license or
> permit of any kind.  Once trapped, TWRA says to euthanize, preferably by
> shooting (I use a very high-power pellet gun as I live in the city).  If
> you trap something by mistake, you must release it ON YOUR PROPERTY; moving
> wild animals, particularly over large distances, is how rabies gets passed
> around.  At least in TN, rabid raccoons have not yet been found in all
> counties, so they are particularly worried about moving them.  Skunks are
> less of an issue because rabid skunks are found everywhere, but here moving
> them is illegal anyway.
> I have a traditional havahart and found that I need to put a heavy rock on
> the trap door so it crashes closed forcefully enough that it is secured.  I
> only use one of the two doors so I can put the bait at the far end, well
> beyond the trip.  I also put concrete blocks on both sides so they can't
> reach in and steal the bait.  It's a ticklish operation to put the rock on
> and then carefully adjust the linkage so it doesn't trip by itself.
> I agree that marshmallows are the bait of choice.
> Bob LaufOak Ridge, Zone 7
>     On Saturday, June 27, 2020, 10:26:41 AM EDT, Ernie DeMarie via pbs <
> pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:
>  Raccoons are a real menace here as they get into the pool and eat fish.
> But of course the thing that really ticks me off is that they chew up
> waterlily flowers and go dig up the rhizomes so roots end up floating on
> the surface. So they must be trapped and removed but the havahart traps are
> not consistent in trapping them, either they have some clever way to get
> the bait (marshmallows and or peanut butter work well) or they perhaps dont
> scoot end all the way and are able to back out.  We've also had them bend
> traps (their newer traps are not as sturdy as the old ones were) and in one
> case they took off the handle while inside and we never found where it
> went.  That trap has to be carried by my wife and myself both when it gets
> a raccoon.  Most often the raccoons are afraid and remain quiet till
> release (very far away--best to go 15 or more miles as they are supposedly
> good at finding their way back) but occasionally we get an aggressive one
> that hisses and carries on.  Those can be quite scary at times.  Grace
> breaks down any large cardboard boxes we get to make flat pieces of
> cardboard to put in the back of my car as they are needed.  Why?  Because
> the disgusting raccoons tend to crap and otherwise make a mess of the
> bottom of their cage and this prevents getting the back of the car dirty.
> We keep several layers of cardboard in there at all times, so we can throw
> away dirty pieces as needed.  Transporting them is not fun either, they
> stink and windows need to be kept open.  I don't know how to set up an
> electric fence, especially around a pool with brick patio on one side and a
> cement walk on the other.  For the root problems, we have recently started
> taking the bird mesh and tying rocks to it, placing it over any roots
> floating on the surface, and sinking it to trap the roots and bring them
> back down.  We  are hoping that the mesh will confuse future raccoon
> efforts to dig up waterlily roots and rhizomes. This year the chipmunks
> decimated the crocus more so than usual.  This in spite of frequent
> trapping and removal.  For some reason their population was extremely high
> this spring but it seems to be coming down a bit lately.   If it werent for
> certain mammals, gardening would be a hell of a lot easier....Ernie
> DeMarieZ6/7 border NY where Alstroemeria aurea is making quite a show and
> is self seeding a bit.  Buds on some agapanthus, lilies beginning to open
> with more to come, earlier season hemerocallis blooming nicely, and some
> dierama still in flower.  Weather has been oddly dry and sunny for weeks
> but rain is coming today.  Overall this kind of weather is very good for
> most of what I grow.
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