Building Humane Animal Traps

Many people love to live in the middle of nowhere. Being surrounded by nature and to have your neighbors a mile away from you can be peaceful and perfect for someone who does not like the hustle and bustle of the city. The downside to this is that you will often find yourself face to face with creatures that are not so nice.

When I lived in Maine I lived in a home that was set in the middle of the woods. Our garbage cans were on constant attack by raccoons and were even dragged off by a bear at one point. The best way to protect your property and your family from these creatures is to set traps around the surrounding woods.

What You Need

  • Plywood
  • Box
  • Stick
  • String
  • Eye hook
  • Treat
  • Gloves


You need to place the humane trap where you have seen the animal the most. Find a heavy box that is large enough to hold the animal and the treat inside. The plywood needs to be large enough to cover the side of the box that is open.

Place the plywood on the ground and screw the eye hook into the middle on the top of it. This will be a type of lever. Tie one end of the string to a food treat. You can use fish, chicken, or beef. Choose strips of meat and not pieces that are too large. Otherwise you will attract a much larger animal.

Place the box on top of the plywood with the open side down. Prop one end with a stick or a rod. There should be an opening just large enough for the raccoon or other animal to sneak under. Thread the unattached end of the string through the eye hook and pull it so that the treat is hanging from the roof of the box.

When the animal is inside the box they will have to pull down on the treat to get to it. This will pull the stick out from under the box and close the trap. Once the animal has been caught you can drive it to an open country space far from your house.