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raccoon with rabies

Have any of you ever had a coon in your trap that had rabies i am new to trapping and was just wondering if this happens and what do you do with the coon
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Re: raccoon with rabies

You would not know for sure if it does unless you sent the head out to get tested ,Just be careful not to cut or poke your self when you skin it
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Re: raccoon with rabies

I caught a small one last year that was real sick not sure if it had rabies or what. Acted real calm when I went up to it and pinned it dwn with my foot and took the DP off. Then it tried to walk and fell over so I put it down and just put the whole thing in the trash.
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Re: raccoon with rabies

Had a coon charge me while hunting doves years ago. Scared the bejesus outta me. I shot it 5 times with my 12 ga and was still shaking. (didnt have a plug in the gun at that time) PGC told me no need to report it unless it attacked someone and they got hurt and said I did the correct thing.

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Re: raccoon with rabies

Yeah, I've heard rabid animals in the rage mode aren't easy to kill unless you get a head shot which isn't really good since the virus is in the brain. My dad saw a sick looking coon one day coming in the driveway, so I went looking for it armed with my .40, but I didn't see it. He said it was ambling along, so it probably went into a neighboring property or went into the depths of our bamboo.

I once caught a raccoon that was rubbed up furwise but was small. I let it go with a bit of the usual scrapping, only to see it wasn't too well.

Another time I caught a 5 pound coon in a lil griz on a night when it was about 15 degrees out. It was laying there dead in the trap. Born late and weak I guess. I have no idea why it was out in that weather other than it being REALLY hungry.

I've had 2 brushes with odd acting coons in broad daylight, 1 I shot it in the head without thinking, the other was on another property and ran out towards me and my dog chittering. My dog chased it away. There was a also the sick skunk episode way back before I owned any guns. My dad and I watched it go onto the neighbor's so I called down there and told the lady there was a sick skunk that went their way. She came up her hill and shot it in the head at about 30 feet with a .22 pistol. It did not spray. I looked it over and it had tumors, and a terrible sore on one foot.
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