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Has anyone ever seen so much coon poop that it looked like Big Piles of Bear Poop??

My Buddy that has the farm keeps telling me that there are Muskrats in his Pond...I've trapped it for 4 years now and have had No Muskrats and found No Muskrat Holes...

Well yesturday he was at it again, there are muskrats in the pond, you need to set traps around it..and I told him like I been telling him, I can find No Rat Holes and No Rat Tracks and No Rat Poop anywhere around the Pond but had last year found Mink tracks in the snow going thru the cat tails...

So I went in Saturday afternoon and told Him I'd set traps all around the pond again...Walked around, found Mink tracks again in the mud....made a few sets on the 1 side of the pond for mink...got to the back side of the Pond and found HUGE Piles of Poop that had grape skins, berries, nut shells and all kinds of different stuff in it and it Looked to me exactly like all the Bear poop I have found...So I called another Buddy to come in, he looked at it, looks at me and says, that sure does look like Bear Poop but where are the Bear Tracks?

So we go to looking, We found Coon Tracks in the mud about 50 yards away and started looking close to the cat tails and found trails after trails after trails in the cat tails and all the weeds were matted down from the coons running thru there so much...
I put in many sets, used 160s, 1.5s and my dog proof traps....


Has anyone else seen coon poop so much in 1 area that it looked like a Bear had been there and took a "Nature Call"??

This is a First for me, I've only found places in all my years trapping where the coons went and it was just a small pile not Huge Piles like I found today!

There was about 5 different spots and each spot looked like they were using it when they had to go and had huge piles built up that it looked like Bear Poop!
 

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They are raccoon toilets. Not sure what the significance is. Sometimes they are in/near prominent objects, like a huge tree in a field. Guaranteed place to catch them.
 

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tundragriz said:
They are raccoon toilets. Not sure what the significance is. Sometimes they are in/near prominent objects, like a huge tree in a field. Guaranteed place to catch them.
These 5, 4 were in the middle of the Cat Tails and the first 1 I found was in a grassy area by a No Trespassing Sign (Think the Coons were trying to tell us something about the no Trespassing sign?)None around Trees

Like I said, this is a First for me in all my Years Trapping, NEVER Seen anything like this before!
 

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I've been seeing large piles around what I believe to be denning trees.
 

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I have only ever seen it one time before. It was beside a stream, piled up by this big rock, under a bridge. Big coon tracks all around it, with trails leading from the nearby woods, down under the bridge.
 

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The area I'm talking about is apowerline pole with dirt piled around it and the scat is on top or the pile.There must be at least 12 piles with berry seeds in the scat.Lots of coon tracks also.
 

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I've seen coon toilets that are big piles of old and new. One was where a large rock had split in the middle creating a big cavity, and the coons were going inside. The others were on the top bales in a barn. I've seen smaller piles at the bases of big old trees here and there.

Hopefully you will have a bunch of big fat coons piling up the next couple days.
 

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There is a little problem...

I set yesturday and all traps sat unfired over night...

My Buddy who came over yesturday to look at this poop and thought also it was Bear poop till we got to looking around for tracks was out Today with another guy he and I know from the area that traps also...

B has places also where he found what now I come to find out from this thread are Coon Toilets...he set trails baited with Carp and Trout Oil, Set blind sets on the matted down trails leading into the coon toilets and had them sit since the First Week of November along these Coon Toilets with 0 coons caught off the toilet areas!

Doesn't sound to promising to me from what B had happen and he is trapping not to far away from the area I'm setting right now where I found these Coon Toilets yesturday!

He and our Buddy pulled all his traps today due to B going to Camp for Rifle Deer Season....

I'm just hoping I take a few coons out from around the pond, will help in keeping the Sweet Corn Raids from being bad next Summer!

Since I started trapping on my Buddy's farm, there is still coon damage to the sweet corn but not as bad as it was before I started trapping on the farm 8 years ago!
 

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I set where I see coon tracks that are fresh- so maybe try that if the toilet sets don't work. And yes I have had coon refusals myself. Like where I am trying to get the coyotes, I once set some of the stream for coons, by where I saw tracks. I caught 1- and it ripped my wire off the cement block and I could not find it. At first I thought I had caught an otter it was such a mess and animal so strong. The landowner was clearing some brush and junk a few months later and found a coon mostly skeletonized with my trap. Made me sick, as he said it looked like it was a pretty big coon, and I had checked close to this pile that day it happened. I really need a freakin trapline dog.

So far this season, I've caught more coons dryland in fox/yote sets than I caught on that stream ( 1 vs 3). This even after the landowner had to shoot 4 of them last spring for tearing up stuff on his front porch.
 

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Stupid People who feel Farms are a GREAT Place to Dump Cats!



Need I say more on what was in the traps this morning?

OH, I been told on here in the Trappers Forum many times that Cats Will NOT go into Water...

Why then did I have a problem this morning in cattails that have WATER All Around them and I set 160s in the trails in the cattails for coons?

Cats will NOT Go into Water...Yeah ok, I laugh evertime someone on here tells me that!
 

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I've got several coon off toilets in one swamp. They are mostly being used by more than one coon, but it's not buckfulls or anything. I haven't yet caught more than one coon per toilet. Not sure if that's just coincidence or what.

 

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I remember an old hollow tree with an opening at the
bottom with piles of crap when I hunted squirrels as
a teenager. I thought it was a porcupine, never thought
about raccoons.
 

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That looks like fox poop! Or is it a bobcat that doesn't cover? Or do fishers have toilets?

Oh and kitty cats do go into water- the feral ones at least. I caught 1 in a spring hole set once- both front paws- and another time I was releasing 1 that was caught next to a pond, and it jumped in the pond and swam across to get away from me. It swam like a champion.
 

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WWD If you are still not getting the coons, switch lures/baits. If you have banks on th epond then run PVC sets with tuna fish........you'll get those night bandits !!
 

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foxtrapperwoman said:
That looks like fox poop! Or is it a bobcat that doesn't cover? Or do fishers have toilets?
No, no and I'm not sure about fishers. It's mink. Only place I've ever seen that much is right at the den.
 
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