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Raccoon - Missing a leg now? #7084562
02/19/18 03:01 PM
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Now that deer season is over, we went and set a few leg traps to thin out the coons. We usually catch quite a few and then stop after a couple trips. This weekend we caught 2 big coons and a skunk.

But we also came across a trap that had been moved and was caught up in the hog paneling, as we went to observe there was in fact a raccoon leg in there, but obviously no raccoon.

So would a raccoon naw off his own leg to escape? Or could a coyote found him easy dinner?

We have trapped coons this way for a few years now and first time to find just a leg.

Re: Raccoon - Missing a leg now? [Re: oldstyle244] #7084842
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Coons will gnaw off a foot or a leg to get loose. I have caught 3 legged coons with a healed up stump. They are tougher than you might guess.


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Re: Raccoon - Missing a leg now? [Re: oldstyle244] #7084902
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I've had both coyotes and hogs get after 'coons in my DP traps! And, yes, they'll chew off their own leg, but more likely it was some predator a bit further up the food chain that discovered a trapped meal!

Re: Raccoon - Missing a leg now? [Re: Bar-D] #7094383
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Originally Posted By: Bar-D
Coons will gnaw off a foot or a leg to get loose. I have caught 3 legged coons with a healed up stump. They are tougher than you might guess.


Used to run a trap line in the 70s and had several chew the leg off. Most of the time they had somehow broken the leg first I think then chewed it off.

Re: Raccoon - Missing a leg now? [Re: oldstyle244] #7094478
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ive only known them to chew them off when its really cold...coons aint stupid

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