Per my previous post, I set the trap up inside with adequate spacing for the cats to go in and out of the house. Holding off on Tyler's 'put an egg on it' advice for now, I placed a small container of cat food in the cage and set it for action. KayDee and Alex were out late attending the baseball fight so I went to sleep and where visions of trapped raccoons danced through my head.A half hour or so later downstairs there arose such a clatter, I wearily woke up just enough to ask the returning KayDee what was the matter. The raccoon was apparently in our house when they had come in the front door. Standing on his hind legs next to the cage, he challenged my wife and child for ownership of the house. Alex, flux with territorial pride after watching the Ems handily beat the visiting 'Bears' (which are basically large raccoons, right?) apparently lunged at the invading critter with his hands over his head roaring "Noooooo!" Reconsidering the risk/rewards of remaining, the animal turned and ran out the cat door. The trap, I note, had somehow been set off already but sat empty. KayDee reset it, but when I checked this morning I found it open and containing an empty container of cat food. The raccoon had, apparently, come back in the middle of the night once things had gotten quiet and eaten the food in the trap. Somehow avoiding the trigger plate and with the delicate precision of a surgeon removing a live bomb from someone's chest cavity, he apparently extracted every single little piece of cat food then strolled out the door. For comparison sake, one of our tiny kittens was trapped in this a couple days ago when he set off the feather-light trigger, so this raccoon is an expert. Tonight... I shall attempt again but with the food secured at the back. Hopefully, the awkwardly precarious posture needed to reach it will be his undoing.
(ed: at this point, my friends suggested I try baiting the trap with eggs. "Ok", I thought. I'll try that. Tonight.)