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Question by gunkid13. Uploaded on January 12, 2012
Peanut butter, sunflower seed
cats shouldn't be outside anyways they are an invasive species and should be treated as such. (by no means saying go after them)
Fresh cut peaches will attract raccoons and no cats. I have found that often, after the first coon is caught and dumped, the smell of that coon will attract others to the trap without any bait.
Any time you use a fish based bait you will get cats. Sugar based baits will result in Raccoons. That is why marshmallows and fruits works. Jelly donuts,apples,pears,peaches,strawberries. The stronger the sweet smell the better. Mulberries are awesome if you can freeze them for fall use. According to my house guest(see photo) they don't like many vegetables like carrots,potatoes and the likes,but skittles are a favorite as are frettos and doritos in ranch.
A raccoon is unique when compared to a cat because it has a thumb. It is not an opposable thumb like people have, but still allows the coon to pick up things from down in a hole that a cat can not. There are traps made that have a reverse trigger such as coon cuffs that will not catch a cat or dog, but work on coons most effectively. I use this type of trap which is listed as pet safe and bait them with fried chicken. Just do a google search on "Coon Cuff" to see what they are and how they work. The fried chicken has proven to work the best for me and does not mess up my traps enough to made cleaning a problem while the greasy nature of the chicken does not cause the traps to rust.
if your serious, a 99 cent chesseburger from micky d's or burger king brings them in every time for me. I buy it, cut it in half, put half in the frige, wait til dark, heat it up in the nuke, put it in the trap and get the coon in the morin. And use the other half heated up the next day.
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