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Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Central Michigan
Originally posted by Paul Frederick
I'd say it depends on what kind of terrain and living they've got wherever you drop them out at. if life is good I doubt they'd waste too much time trying to get home.
Also I'm sure they'd be more apt to try to head home if they have young kittens.
Plus, a coon is a fairly intelligent creature. I'd say if you catch one in a live trap and scare it half to death it's less likely to go back in one. Maybe they are coming back but they aren't getting caught again? I doubt they are that smart, but I guess they could be.
Yes, Paul coons become trap shy, but so do most house cats if they are not crate raised. In fact, many of the ADC jobs I have had in the past were animals that several others failed to catch.
Just how smart are coons? When I was about 13, coons were tearing my grandparents garbage up. So i set a live trap. Several nights the traps was set off and the bait missing with no raccoon. I asked grandpa if we could could set up and see what was going on. To my surprise, he agreed.
I would have never guessed what was happening. There were 4 large coons. They came running to the trap. It was an actual foot race. The first coon ran inside the trap and the door came. It then sat down and ate all the bait. then it turned around and started pushing on the door. the other 3 outside the trap also started pushing on the door. They managed to open the trap and allow the coon inside to get out.
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