If you are going to bait you need to be responsible for what comes along with it. Senseless killing of critters since you don't want to put forth the effort or money to "varmint proof" your feeders/cameras since you want to shoot a deer under a feeder isn't justification enough for me. For y'all i guess it is.
"Thinning them out" has no rational grounds. The next litter of coons will just replaced the ones you killed, great job. Fix the problem not the symptoms.
I would respectfully suggest you take an Animal Husbandry class. If/when you take the breeding aged animals out of the equation....you have no "next litter of coons". In the wild... and with respect to 'balance' this is the same as predator control.
Raccoons (left unchecked) can quickly become too numerous. 'Baiting' as you call it....is not the cause of it. Rather... the food source ( a small part of their diet) exposes the problem by attracting them to one spot where their numbers are recognized.
The trouble with raccoons manifests basically in three forms:
2. Destruction of property, resources.
3. Both of the above.
Those are the "rational grounds" for 'thinning them out'.
However, the argument for population control does not stop at Feeder Damage or loss of feed...though that is the subject here.
I agree that steps can be taken to help 'thwart' damage to equipment, but I haven't found anything yet (practical) that will "Varmint Proof" all feeders or cameras. Nor do I feel it incumbent of the owner to have to do so. None of the raccoons on my property are starving, they are just lazy and greedy. Often to a point of not being satisfied with the feed on the ground (which for the most part they are welcome to).
But when they start to tear things up (seeking more feed or just out of curiosity), or when their numbers are clearly too great...we thin them out (lawfully).
Same holds true for other "critters". When Feral Hogs, Coyotes, etc....become a problem, we deal with it.
Your opinion of this is that it is 'senseless' and you seek to blame the steward of the Land/Resources for causing the problem. My guess is that you have little experience in this area, but are happy to admonish those who do?https://youtu.be/uJ6b4yL3Gjg