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Raccoons in a Dumpster

Raccoons love to forage in dumpsters. Human garbage and pet food are prime food sources for raccoons, and part of the reason that raccoon densities are so much higher in cities than in the wilderness. Below we see a case in which two juvenile raccoons, not quite adults, foraged in a dumpster and got stuck. I had to arrive and remove them, place them in cages, and relocate them. Once a raccoon finds a food source such as a trash receptacle, garbage can, or pet food dish, it will continue to return for a long time.


Here we see the two juvenile raccoons huddled in the corner of the dumpster. They entered in search of food.


I removed them with a snare pole and placed them in these cages before relocating them.

Please remember to keep your lids on garbage cans and dumpsters. If raccoons are tipping over garbage cans, secure them in some way. Strap down the lids with bungee cords. Store the cans inside the garage. Concrete blocks, etc. If you need to get rid of raccoons in dumpsters or remove raccoon from dumpster, it's best that you call a professional wildlife control professional, rather than risk doing it yourself. Raccoons can deliver a very strong bite or scratch, and they can carry various zoonotic diseases, such as rabies. Click here to learn more about wildlife diseases.

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