Raccoon Bait

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If you're thinking about live trapping a raccoon, choosing the right raccoon bait is important.

For starters, trapping a raccoon in a live trap is not very difficult. Raccoons are curious animals that will venture into a trap without much hesitation.  

However, the real problem arrises when you want to catch just a raccoon and not a lot of other non targeted animals like your neighbors cat, opossums or worse.....a skunk.

Raccoons are not picky eaters.  Cat food, sardines, canned dog food and various table scraps will all work to lure just about any raccoon into a trap.  

The problem is other animals like them too!  So, to trap a raccoon....and only a raccoon, it's important to choose a bait that's not as appealing to other animals.  

This doesn't guarantee you won't catch a non targeted species since you never know what a wild animal will do, but choosing the correct bait will make a big difference.

Choosing A Raccoon Bait

When live trapping a raccoon, trap placement and setup is important but it's the bait that actually lures the animal into the trap.

I've trapped a lot of raccoons in a live trap over the years and I've found a couple of baits that work really well for raccoons but limit the amount of non targeted animals caught in the trap.  

Here are some of the best raccoon bait choices for a live trap:


Raccoons love marshmallows and they're one of the best baits you can use in a live trap because they don't attract a lot of unwanted species. You can use large or small marshmallows but I like to use the large ones because it's harder for the raccoon to pull them through the side of the trap.

Clean Tin Foil

Hang a crumbled piece of clean tin foil in the back of the trap behind the trigger pan. Suspend the piece of tin foil by tying it with a sting to the top of the trap.  Since raccoons are a curious animal, the shinny dangling tin foil alone is enough to lure them into the trap.  By using clean tin foil it eliminates the rotten smell that could attract unwanted animals.  I know....it sounds unbelievable but it actually works!

A Single Whole Egg

A whole, un-cracked fresh egg is also a good bait for a raccoon but decreases the chances of catching an unwanted animal.  Place the egg in the back of the trap behind the trigger pan and you're done.    


There's a lot of different baits you can use to trap a raccoon, but if you don't want to deal with a bunch of unwanted animals in your traps try using one of these baits....the results are worth it!

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