Raccoon removal, or the trapping of raccoon, can be a trick business. There are times when raccoons need to be removed as a result of damage being done or about to be done. In this blog post, we’ll break down the laws that govern their removal as set forth by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and help you decide when it’s time call a professional trapper.
What Makes The Raccoon So Adaptable?
Raccoons play important roles in the wild. They are natures opportunists and have a variety diet. They eat everything from insects to carrion, from berries too crawfish and from your garden to your garbage. With a lot of food and shelter available for them, they are highly adaptable and quite frankly thrive, in the urban environment.
The main reason why raccoons are highly adaptable has to do with its almost humanlike hand structure. A raccoon’s paws are versions of a human hand, making them dexterous and capable of complex tasks. These agile, five-fingered paws help the animal search for food in hard to reach places and are also efficient for climbing almost anything that offers hand-holds, including trees, chimneys and houses.
Michigan’s Laws On Raccoon Trapping
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has strict laws that govern the taking, removal and release of raccoons. A property owner can remove a raccoon that is doing or about to do damage to personal property.
For perceived ethical reason, many people choose to live trap raccoons. Once trapped, they look to re-release them back into the wild. In order to release a raccoon back into the wild you will need permission from the landowner on both private and public lands. This law is in place to prevent the spread of diseases such as rabies, distemper, round worm or to create an imbalance in raccoon population in the area. In addition, it is illegal to transport wildlife in that state of Michigan without a permit.
Many landowners do not want to have raccoons released on their property for these reasons. Because of these laws, the the only humane and eithcal option is to dispatch, or euthanize them.
By-Catches When Trapping Raccoons
Many times when someone tries to trap a raccoon, they get an unexpected surprise in the their trap. When trapping raccoon, it’s not unusual for skunk to be trapped. Both the skunk and raccoon share similar food sources and habitat. Both thrive in an urban environment.
When To Call A Trapper?
There are many ways a raccoon can do damage. Whether it’s from up-rooting vegetables in your garden, to damaging your lawn from digging up grubs or the nightly attacks on your garbage cans. These innocent behaviors can lead to larger problems such as denning inside your home, attic or crawl spaces.
It’s best to call a professional trapper when you feel damage is about to occur or is occurring to personal property before the situation gets worse and they become habitualized.