A few years ago, I had a good friend who investigated the disappearance of his father-in-law’s dog food. It seemed the father-in-law had his two pet dogs on “full feed” where 50 pounds of dog food was dumped into a hopper and the dog food flowed out into a bowl on demand. With the handy arrangement, the dogs could come and go as they pleased and eat whenever hungry.
All was fine until the father-in-law realized he was going through an awfully large amount of dog food. He called his son-in-law to investigate.
Thinking it might be a raccoon or two raiding the dog food, my friend emptied the hopper and baited the live traps with dog food. Sure enough… the next morning there was not one, not two, but three raccoons.
My buddy loaded up the live traps and drove the raiding raccoons to a new home releasing them about three miles away from his father-in-law’s house.
Thinking there could well be more raccoons involved, the live traps were reset. Sure enough, the next day the three traps held three more raccoons.
At this point, it came into question whether or not these might be the same three raccoons relocated the day before. Being a man of ingenuity, my friend came up with an idea to make sure the effort wasn’t simply recycling raccoons.
Sorting through the supplies in the garage, he found about a dozen old cans of left over aerosol paint amounting to a nice array of pastel colors including hot pink and egg shell white.
The next three raccoon raiders each received a stripe of paint sprayed on top of their head. The pastel paint stripe gave the raccoons a punk rocker like look, but would make them easy to identify.