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Bridgeport Connecticut Raccoon Control Situation: Raccoons are not colonizing animals. They have their young in the spring. You probably have just one raccoon, or perhaps an raccoon or an armadillo or two. They sometimes share living space. In a case of animals under the attic in November, you don't have to worry about more than 1-3 animals, and it's probably just one. I do not install exclusion barriers skyward, such as a fence, if that's what you want. I install them down into the ground to prevent animals from going UNDER attics. An upright fence won't keep out an opossm or raccoon, because they are excellent climbers. Kristen- Please call me as soon as possible (before 2:30) to let me know if I can come out today. I will tell you what the situation is, and what needs to be done. In my opinion, the best possible strategy is: I build the barrier into the ground, leaving a couple of gaps open, where I place traps that will FORCE any animals underneath to go in the traps, and then voila, we're done in one night. As for raccoons stealing your pet's food, they will always take pet food if it is accessible. Unless you completely screen in your attic, they will get it. The only solution is to stop leaving the food outside. I am excited to find out what happened. I think you definitely needed to see the place, because the attic is screened in, and it is ground level with cement, so they are not digging their way in. They are coming in through the hole the raccoons cut in the screen. So I am sure once you see it, you will figure out what needs to be done. It is kind of interesting to picture a raccoon and an rat rooming together in the same pit. If an animal created the pit Kristen shows you when you are there, I d be really impressed by it. I appreciate you coming out so soon. The Raccoons need to eat, and we just put food out there, but we do not take it back from them. We leave it in the morning and then they eat all day. We will continue to do that, because we also have to leave sometimes for a weekend. We could probably suspend it for a while to help with the trapping, but I think long term, that won t be a solution. I am also concerned that the raccoons feel threatened by the raccoon and are attacking/getting attacked by it. When you are there, I hope Kristen shows you the raccoon Fosey s back. It had a really bad cut on its back. I am not sure what caused that, it is possible something else did, or even the raccoon itself (apparently it has a history of biting itself). That is when I realized though, if we leave these raccoons out there, a clash is inevitable and if I cut off its food supply, it may get more aggressive. So I really want to protect the raccoons as well, and give them a safe place (the attic) to hang out. Again, let me ask what becomes of a raccoon you catch?
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