Just back from an evening ride to NCAR, and met a few friends along the way.
I’m trying to figure out what to do with this guy, who seems to have gotten himself into a bind.
I would suggest making a ladder for him at one end of the dumpster out of trash cardboard or wood and walk away so he can climb out. The other alternative is a long handle catch net and some very heavy leather welding gloves with high gauntlets. Don’t rely on the gloves too much because those teeth will still penetrate some. They’ll most likely just minimize the injury, not prevent it.
Or a ramp. An 8 ft 2×4 along one of the long sides worked a few years ago when I helped a raccoon with the same problem. I threw some ice cubes into the bin also as it was very hot at the time. Anyway, I came back after a couple of hours and the coon was gone.
In college I worked as a night security guard at a resort where racoons would get trapped in the dumpster behind the restaurant almost every night. I had a dedicated stick (a dead tree branch) that I would place in the corner of the dumpster at dusk, and remove just before shift change. Worked like a charm.
This happens at work a LOT. We got long thick bath towel (SALE! local BB&B, bought some for home too!) rolled it lengthwise to make a long thick ‘rope’. A few zip ties to keep it that way, a repurposed wire hangar on one end as a hook. Hang in corner on the inside. Drilled a hole in edge of rim to fasten hangar so it stays w/the dumpster and doesn’t go with the trash (a driver’s idea – he hates trapped ones too). Coons climb fence & drop onto lid (can’t change that), go in, climb out, drop to ground (even cute li’l ones) – towel doesn’t offer access; only escape. One towel, US$3, three years now, pretty grungy, but they don’t complain. Fun to watch.
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