My husband and I been having some issues in recent weeks with a rather bold raccoon. Greg and Gladys, two of my former ferals, are living on a screened patio at the back of the house. One evening we heard Greg freaking out, and came to find him and the raccoon challenging each other through the screen!
We chased the raccoon away and started keeping a nervous eye/ear out at night.
As far as we knew, he didn't return...but Sunday morning we woke up to find muddy raccoon prints right up to the patio. We never heard a peep from Greg -- hopefully he was just sleeping soundly -- but with visions of him going crashing through the screen one of these nights, we decided to try to trap and move the raccoon.
Raccoons being clever creatures, we figured he would be too smart to actually fall into it, or that at best, it would take several nights of waiting. Ha! It took about five hours. At 3AM, breaking several local laws, we drove him to a large county park several miles from where we live, and let him go, hopefully to a better life than in our urban neighborhood.
I confess that I'm not sure what raccoons eat, so I don't know if the park will provide all the food he needs. But it borders a large suburban area, so whatever he's been living on in our neighborhood (probably garbage and pet food) should be available there too. In which case, we may have just sloughed off our problem on someone else's neighborhood.
But living next to a county park, they must be used to it. It's a more natural environment for Mr. Raccoon, and his relocation will help keep our cats safe, so I think it was the best option open to us.