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Letter: Raccoon troubles. What to do?

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Pam Kermeen writes:
There is a large raccoon hanging around our house. It has torn/ripped a large gaping hole in the bottom of our trash can. Fortunately though, he couldn't get the lid off. Tonight he was at the side door trying to chew on my straw broom. I soaked the broom with ammonia and it didn't phase him. He's still trying to drag the broom off the deck.

I'm afraid to go outside after dark now. I need help! - Pam Kermeen
Be careful! You are dealing with a smart animal - Hope you have photographic evidence that you are dealing with a raccoon and not a bear. We found two YouTube videos - the first one involving a failed garbage can set up as a booby trap in a National Geographic experiment to keep raccoons out of garbage cans. It follows:

It failed.

But this one, in Toronto, Canada, works. WSJ YouTube video::

But someone else will have to find out how to buy one. In 15 minutes searching, it wasn't found.

Nor is there any word as to how the clever trash can works fending off ravenous ravens or opportunistic opossums. - EW

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