Raccoon populations were low in the early 1900s, but began to rebound in the mid-1900s. A few attempts at bringing raccoons in from other states to bolster populations were conducted into the 1970s, despite growing raccoon populations. Now, with raccoons readily adapting to urban living, populations are strong throughout the state.
Resident landowners and tenants can trap a raccoon that is causing damage on their own property without a permit from the DNR. The raccoon must be euthanized or released within the county of capture on private property in which you have permission to release the raccoon. In order to prevent the spread of disease, the DNR encourages homeowners to safely and humanely euthanize the raccoons, if possible. If you do not want to trap the raccoon yourself, contact a licensed nuisance wild animal control operator.
Living with raccoons
Raccoons can often cause problems for landowners. Here are some tips for preventing raccoons around your home or garden:
For gardens, string a single strand of electric fence 8 inches above the ground around the perimeter of the garden.
Placing a radio on a talk station and leaving it on overnight may discourage raccoons from approaching or denning under decks or porches.
Keep bird feeders and garbage cans inside at night. Don’t leave pet food outside. Clean up fruit from around fruit trees and ensure compost is secure from raccoon access.
Occasionally, raccoons may enter a house through a pet door. If you have a raccoon in the house, close all doors that provide access to other parts of the house. Open windows and doors to the outside so the animal can exit quietly on its own. Wait for the animal to leave, then close all openings, including the pet door, to prevent the raccoon from returning.
Trim overhanging tree limbs to prevent easy access to your roof and attic.
Ensure there are no access points to attics, chimneys, garages, or sheds as raccoons will readily make themselves at home in a warm, sheltered space.