Backyard Critter Disposal-Ideas?

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    Backyard Critter Disposal-Ideas?

    Hi Gang,

    I need some suggestions for getting rid of unwanted raccoons and possums (large rats with bad PR department).

    I live in a small city, so while someone suggested .22 shorts as being unlikely to be heard, I am certain that the .22 would be out of the question.

    So, what would you suggest? Training the critters to stay away, such as with a BB gun? Or, something more powerful that would be a more permanent solution, while not running afoul of local legalities? Is there such a thing?

    Of course, an excuse to get something fun to shoot would be great, and probably get the wife's okay in this instance. She HATES the possums, and is tired of the 'coons messing on the edge of the pool.
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    A strong pellet gun would work. They can travel about 1000 fps. I used on as a kid to get rid of squirrels.
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    Take some hotdogs and "load" em.

    This can be done by using a straw to core out the hotdog. Then fill them full of aspirin. Plug each end and put them where they will be found.

    The critters will eat them and overdose on the aspirin. They'll just fall asleep, never to wake up again. Nice and simple and humane.

    Of course, you'll need to keep them (the hotdogs) away from dogs and cats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Take some hotdogs and "load" em.

    This can be done by using a straw to core out the hotdog. Then fill them full of aspirin. Plug each end and put them where they will be found.

    The critters will eat them and overdose on the aspirin. They'll just fall asleep, never to wake up again. Nice and simple and humane.

    Of course, you'll need to keep them (the hotdogs) away from dogs and cats.
    Yeah, the dog and the cats are an issue. As annoying as I think they are, the wife would be feeding ME aspirin-loaded hot dogs if anything happened to them.
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    Gamo Whisper ? The Quiet Air Gun for Varmint Hunting, Pest Control, Small Game Hunting, Target Shooting, Plinking

    This is what I got and it is quite and works like a dream on the squirrels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccman View Post
    Gamo Whisper ? The Quiet Air Gun for Varmint Hunting, Pest Control, Small Game Hunting, Target Shooting, Plinking

    This is what I got and it is quite and works like a dream on the squirrels.

    Nice gun. It's evident that neither of the models on that front page know anything about shooting a rifle though.

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    Buy a coon sized have-a-hart trap (aprox $40-50). Bait with cat food, trap pesky coons and possums. Fill large trash can with water, drop in trap for under water trainning.
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    Nice gun. It's evident that neither of the models on that front page know anything about shooting a rifle though.
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    Long bow& Arrow's?
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    Cross bow?
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    Ultra sonic pest repeller can be effective.
    I had one that was motion activated.
    Even after I removed the device it took a year before any problems came back.
    Its great device to use if you donít have the time to hunt rats etc.

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    Before going with the BB/pellet gun check your local ordinances. In some communities they are classified as firearms and cannot be used within city limits. Many communities you can get live traps on loan from the Animal Control Division. It's something to look at.

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    Ya might wanta check with the game warden most fur bearing critters are covered under hunting seasons and you kill one out of season and get caught you will end up in court
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAT40 View Post
    Buy a coon sized have-a-hart trap (aprox $40-50). Bait with cat food, trap pesky coons and possums. Fill large trash can with water, drop in trap for under water trainning.
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    You stated that you live inside the city so shooting them with anything may be illegal. Poision could be considered inhumain and big trouble if someones pet/child is poisioned. There are seasons in which you can hunt or trap coons and possums, any violation of that could get you in trouble.. Your best bet is to call animal control/game warden etc. there are animal control specialists that have permits to trap and relocate. They are coming to your house for a reason, most likely food, remove the food source. Secondary would be shelter,block all access to attics, crall spaces etc. Good luck
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