Last night I set the trap right up against the barn on the path from the outside to the door. It was baited with a full open can of "chicken shreds in gravy" cat food. What raccoon doesn't like chicken shreds? Then I turned off all the lights and waited. Until I went to sleep.
This morning I discover this. The trap is sprung, the cat food can is empty. And nothing is in the trap.
Why? Because I failed to check the safety latch. It was safely on, so once the animal finished dining, it could simply push the flap back up and leave.
But the way I figure, I've got it in my sights now. We're building trust. The 'coon is thinking "what an idiot! She puts out food but forgets to release the safety latch! I can eat here every night!" HA!
Wait until tonight!
In sweeter news, look how big my now week-old babies are!