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Q: Aggressive Raccoons

November 6, 2008 | By Elsa E. | 7 answers | Expired: 2220 days ago

Elsa E.

I have a pair of very aggressive raccoons on my property. I tried to chase them off, and it was pretty much a stand off. They held their ground even though I hurled a few items (curry comb etc.) at them. They were not intimidated at all. HELP!!!!

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Cindy
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Nov 08, 2008

Raccoons in the wild can be quite aggressive. Call the Department of Natural Resources or whatever it's called in your area. If you don't know, call your local humane society and they should be able to direct you to the proper authorities to remove the raccoons. Do not try to get near them or shoo them off yourself again. They can be quite fierce and you could get hurt. Plus, raccoons carry disease, including rabies.

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Teresa M.
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Nov 06, 2008

Are you seeing these raccoons during daylight hours? Raccoons are mainly nocturnal. They are probably sick with distemper not rabies. Distemper is a virus that attacks the brain. They "forget to be afraid" because their trasmitters aren't firing correctly anymore. It's the wrong time of year for babies. But, if they are recently booted by the momma, they could be siblings. I agree with a couple of points in the other answers, bring in all pet food, secure trash cans.

The Human Society will not do anything to assist you. They're not licensed to handle rabies vector wildlife. Contact a local Wildlife Rescue or Game Warden.

I hope this is a timely answer. I didn't look at the date of your original question.

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Talonnd
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Nov 06, 2008

Live trap them and move them as far away as you can. Don't call animal control, because most likely, they'll euthanize them.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nov 06, 2008

You can call the local humane society and they will come and set traps overnight and come back in the morning and move them. They wont hurt them they just take the raccoons to a field somewhat far away from housing and set them free.

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Voluptas
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Nov 06, 2008

wild animals can be scary. and i know raccoons can carry rabies. but like any animal, when they feel threatened they will attack and defend themselves and their families. living in the country it seems most neighbors either hunt or trap them. however, there are a few that i'm glad they don't. instead they buy the live traps and place peanut butter in them for bait. then they just release the raccoon a distance away from their properties. i think there are also "plug in" items you can buy that emit a certain sound that deters them away.

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ShesNewBreed
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Nov 06, 2008

If they are hanging around usually it is for shelter or food or because they have young nearby. make sure you arent feeding any outdoor animals and make sure they dont have access to your garbage cans or under a deck or garage. If they have young near they usually leave when they get a little older and are ready to move along. Before it gets cold they look for shelter under houses with raised porches, etc.

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naneki26 k.
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Nov 06, 2008

Where I live it is not legal to trap and move them. They have a 5 mile range of travel.Some people trap anyway and move them far far away. Maybe they will move on if there isn't much food or water for them around. Be careful they have been known to attack if cornered. I pull in my ferals food at night and lock them in the bedroom with me so they aren't bothered either.

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