Raccoons: what to do with them
Raccoons have been causing a good deal of damage in my orchard this year, breaking limbs and taking fruit with the potential to cause a great deal more in the coming months. So last night I set a trap and this morning see that there is a raccoon in it. My local government has for years provided a service of removing wild animals caught in traps, but when I called this morning I was informed that they have discontinued this service as they have discovered that trapping and releasing wild animals is illegal! All this time I had assumed they were euthanizing the animals, but in truth they were releasing them locally, probably only to have them back in the orchard by nightfall. So after my initial regret, I am glad they stopped this "service", but I am left with the problem of what to do with the raccoons I trap.
I could call a pest service, but this would become costly in the long run. I do not own firearms and do not intend to purchase any. I reject the idea of drowning the animals.