Raccoon trouble

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Author: Joe (Joe)
Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:53 am
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Lay wire over the top. I use an old piece of wire fence.

Author: Jay_bazuzi (Jay_bazuzi)
Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 7:42 pm
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I put both kitchen scraps and toilet material in our compost pile. Recently I've had a problem where a raccoon goes digging for the kitchen scraps. It makes a mess, and I'm worried about this animal spreading germs around the yard.

We are using sawdust in the collection buckets.

My compost pile is built out of pallets.

I keep a layer of straw on top, but the raccoon just digs right through it.

In addition to Lovable Loo-style sit toilets, we also have a standing-height "urinal" bucket, filled with sawdust. I always add this last, to create a no-food layer on top, but it doesn't seem to help.

The raccoon only seems interested right after I add material to the pile. After a few days, it leaves the compost alone.

What can I do to keep the raccoon out?

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