So we have ballsy effers around here, and last night, one managed to pry open the door to the chicken coop and ate one of my chickens. I have a trap. I am on a one-woman mission to eradicate the effers.
And naturally, thoughts meandered to all that meat/grease going to waste. (I'm a soapmaker, and I love the idea of raccoon soap, among other things.)
I plan to drown it. It's not ideal, but I can't shoot a gun in city limits, and there's no way I'm taking it out of the cage to chop its head off or whatever.
Then I have a friend who will show me how to dress it.
Cooking instructions include boiling for several hours and then roasting/whatever. This is because it's tough meat, and also it will kill any pathogens. Please note, I have researched rabies, and the rabies, if the raccoon has it, will not survive this process.
I think I might also freeze it for a few days, just in case.
Nonetheless, I am a little nervous about the whole thing. The only thing I have ever killed, dressed, and eaten is a chicken.
So .... any tips would be greatly appreciated!
UPDATE!!! Just thought I'd post an update -- no luck catching a raccoon. I have caught 5 squirrels, and I can't make myself kill and eat them because they're kinda cute and haven't harmed my chickens or ducks.
I think the raccoons around here are too fat to fit in my trap.