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Jacksonville Florida Raccoon Control Situation: Hi, I think you have a lot of great information and wonderful photos and examples. I have been laid off and will be revising my website so I may request to use some of your photos, but probably won't simply because people want to see 'their' animal and I do have lots of photos of my own even if they aren't the best quality. I would like to include links to your websites if you can revise some of the details about how to bait the traps. I will forward these web sites to other rehabbers for input. It would be great if you could provide links to some rehabber websites in your sections where you discuss the orphans in the cases where the mother does not come back for them. I have concerns that you are too detailed in describing how to bait traps. I don't think you need to be so specific for the do-it-yourselfer. Try to discourage this because it really is a disservice to the wildlife. Let them call a nuisance trapper or a rehabber rather than just buying traps. Particularly I think #2 and #3 on the raccoon trapping information and #3 on the squirrel trapping should be dumbed down and generalized or removed. Tell people they will save money by calling a professional. Babies left in the trap can result in degloving of the babies. A rehabber last year got two babies that had no skin left on their arms because the mom tried to pull them to get them out of the trap. As far as releasing babies after the mother bolts, I would not recommend that unless the babies are mobile on their own and even then, if you have two traps of animals, release the babies first, then the mother/babies. The tiny ones are sometimes abandoned if the mother is inexperienced so I would add that people should check the release site daily until they are sure the babies have been retrieved. Encourage people to leave the babies in their yard because the mothers (both raccoon and squirrel) have alternate den sites already in reserve. And then fix their house. Also, when leaving helpless orphans as bait, they need a heat source. Double bagged hot water (zip lock bags) or a jar of hot water that the babies can move toward for warmth will usually work, though monitoring is required to make sure the mother has come back for them which can take more than a day if her alternate is a long distance away. Raccoons take them one at a time and usually move further away than squirrels. Squirrels also take them one at a time but won't touch them if they are cold. Just a note for the do-it-yourself section, in Jacksonville, people need a trapping permit to capture animals and release elsewhere is prohibited by law. The Jacksonville trapping instructions inform people to fill a garbage can with water and put the trap inside to drown the animal. This is not humane. In my experience, shooting is also not used to dispatch animals caught in leg-hold traps. You are doing wonderful work and I hope you have lots of metatags so that search engines pick them over some of the other trapping sites. Take care!
I am a Nuisance animal trapper in Florida just outside of Jacksonville. I am listed with the Florida Fish & Wildlife and a member of the Fl. Trappers Association. Trapping is not my full time job, I do it for fun and charge just enough to cover my gas and take my wife out to lunch. My full time job is being a wildland firefighter for the Fl. Forest Service. I found a lot of very useful tips on trapping raccoons on your website and will definitely use them in my future trappings. I've never used marshmellows before as a bait but am looking forward to trying it. I kinda call myself an Urban Trapper because mostly I trap around houses or businesses. It's a lot of fun but nerve racking sometimes too dealing with the homeowners and local kids that want to help or steal your traps. Clay County is a little more rural than Jacksonville although I have trapped downtown Jax before. I noticed that you have only one trapper listed for the Jacksonville area and if you wanted a trapper for the Orange Park / Middleburg area, I would not mind at all. Again, I appreciated your website and will visit it when I need some advice.
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