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Old 08-07-2009, 11:29 PM posted to alt.bitterness,,rec.gardens
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Default My Raccoon Doesn't Seem To Like Antifreeze

On Jul 6, 9:02*am, Frank wrote:
Way Back Jack wrote:
In this State, you're not allowed to trap and transport racs. *Anyway,
one time in the past using a Haveaheart, the damn dumb cat got
trapped. * Another time, the rac was able to somehow escape! *Two
other times I was successful in trapping them and shot them with a
.22, but it was a bitch removing the corpses from the traps. *

So I marinated a 12 oz. can of cat food in a bowl of antifreeze. *Set
it out near where the rac has been doing his damage. *Next morning,
the ground at the site was wet with antifreeze, suggesting that he
dumped it, and quite a bit of the cat food remained in the bowl which
was tossed about 20 yds. away. *

Do you know whether ACDelco Dex-Cool antifreeze contains denatonium
which is an embittering agent? *The ingredients list doesn't mention
it though, so maybe this is simply a rac who doesn't have a sweet
tooth for antifreeze. *I can only hope that the meat portion that he
did eat contained enough antifreeze to prevent his destructive return.

You're not allowed to do it here either but you can trap and kill.
Drowning may be better than .22 and from what you say, you may need a
bigger Hav-a-hart as I've seen it happen that trap would not completely
close on raccoon and he could get out.

You're also taking risks with poison which is generally not allowed and
you could kill an animal like someones pet. *Ethylene glycol is really
not that toxic and it takes quite a bit to kill an animal. *A sip or two
will not do it.

Actually, we've been doing some research on ethylene glycol in my lab
and it's pretty nasty. Small quantities can cause liver and kidney
failure, along with permanent brain damage. A fast search on PubMed or
Medline will bring up dozens of articles, including some from
veterinary journals.