The behavior and injuries of raccoons held for 12 and 24 hr in the Soft Catch™ and the EGG™ traps were studied in simulated natural environments. Nine raccoons held for 12 hr in the Soft Catch™ received minor injuries. However, one of nine raccoons held for 24 hr in this trap mutilated itself. The EGG™ trap caused only minor injuries to nine raccoons held for 12 hr, and nine others held for 24 hr. Thus the EGG™ trap can be expected, at a 95% level of confidence, to hold ≥70% of the raccoons on traplines for 24 hr without serious injury. Raccoons captured in the Soft Catch™ fought their surroundings more than the trap. Those captured in the EGG™ trap fought the trap more than their surroundings. During the 24-hr capture study, escape behavior was more intense during the first 12 hr of capture, during both day and night.
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