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Not sure if this is even possible, but I need to ask.

Tragically, Karitsa killed a raccoon in the yard earlier this week. I was so sad, but she was doing her job of protecting her home so am not mad at her...just sad. After the raccoon incident, I made it a point to go into the yard first and check for any wildlife first. I got home today after dark and took a quick look in the yard before letting the dogs out. All was good for a little while until I heard Hank barking. The neighbours dogs had been barking earlier so I thought he was just joining in. I get them inside then let my 2 fosters out to relieve themselves. Chase starts barking so I go back outside and see that they cornered another raccoon. I got both fosters back inside right away, thankfully they listened. Thank god Karitsa refuses to go outside when I come home in order to say our long-winded hellos, as i'm sure she would have caught that one too and killed it.

Is there a way to keep wildlife out of the yard? I don't want my dogs potentially getting hurt or another animal getting killed again.
 

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I would say a wooden fenced in yard and maybe dig a couple feet under the ground so if they would dig it would be harder.

I hope this helps :)
 

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I try to keep the garbage as confined outside as possible. Always keep the lid on with a large piece of wood on top. I don't have anywhere else to store the garbage though. No dog/cat food outside nor gardens, so good there. O wonder if sprinkling a deodorizer in the garbage can will help at least a little? I live rural, my neighbours are not very close at all.

I can't afford a wooden fence. I have chain link fencing at the moment.
 

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The dogs can keep wildlife out of your yard. That's actually job 1. (I've seen old yeller)
I do NOT want other animals being killed or my dogs getting potentially hurt or resource guarding happening between them. If I have livestock they were protecting, that's a different story.
 

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You could build a secure wall around your property (more expensive than a wooden fence probably. You could leave poison out (but not if your dogs could get in it).

But to echo the other posters, this advice you would give someone asking this question normally would be to "get a dog". Do your dogs have rabies shots? Might be a good idea.
 

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I haven't looked into it, but it might be worth researching natural raccoon repellent. And if possible take your trash in at night. Usually if there isn't any food source around they wont stick around. Then again they might be attracted to something in a neighbors yard and ended up in yours since its close by.
I think there's also stuff you can apply or attach to the top of your fence that might help. I would also suggest for a while making sure your out with them at night/dusk, just in case. That way you can quickly get the dogs inside if there is one and you being out might deter the raccoon from coming around.
 

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Motion detecting sprinklers. After a few times they should learn to steer clear of your yard, not worth it to dig or climb in if they're just going to be sprayed. Motion sensor lights could help too, although maybe a bit less.
 

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For them climbing into the yard I'd install coyote rollers on the top of the fence. You can buy them or look up instructions on how to make them yourself. When the animal hits the top of the bar it dumps them back onto the ground. You can also try rigging a bit of fencing that angles out, but if you do that I'd also angle one into the yard just in case your dogs get the bright idea that the fencing angling out would make climbing the fence easier.

If you think they are digging to get in the yard, the easiest thing to do is to use some sort of barricade at the bottom of the fence. You can attach something like coated chicken wire to the bottom of the fence and bury part of it, when you are done it should look sort of like an L. I'd recommend the coated kind id you use chicken wire because the uncoated type tends to rust fairly easily.
 
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Coyote or cougar urine scent perhaps? They sell it to keep deer out, I'd imagine it would work for racoons. Also keeping potential food away will help.
 
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