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If you think you are smart, and you think farming is easy, try keeping hungry raccoons out of ripe sweet corn.
The internet is very clear, the best option is an electric fence.
I went to the two "farm" stores that are nearby and the continuous "buzz boxes" are sold out. The only electric fence energizers they had in stock were the intermittent variety.
That works OK for cows, but a coon could scoot through the fence quickly enough that it might not get poked.
The key is to train them. They are smart animals and are susceptible to Pavlovian or Classical Conditioning.
The plan is to run a hot-wire about five inches off the ground (125mm in Canadian) and to hang bait from it. Mama Coon and family comes along and try to pull the bait off the fence. Then, my 10,000V, 6 Joule perimeter fence energizer gives them a poke.
I really want the Twizzlers to make a good showing. They are tough and they already have a hole extruded through the middle which makes it easy to hang. They are also nominally "strawberry" flavored although it takes a bit of imagination to smell it.
The possibility also exists that they will show a strong preference for one kind of bait.
That is why I run experiments, because I don't KNOW what they will prefer.
Frankly, I think they will clean up the whole set-up.
Because the Twizzlers are so tough, I purposely made the hooks for the Twizzlers not-very-aggressive so they would pull off the feedlot panel easily.