I had a pole barn built and for a lot of reasons, some outside of my control, some within, I am finally getting my barn garage doors installed next week. The barn has been relatively wide open to the animals, and I think I have at least 2 raccoons that have taken up residence inside the soffits of the barn. I have seen them in there on a few occasions and have seen tracks in mud also. My issue is that I have not seen them or noticed any other evidence of them coming and going since we had the cold snap and the snow a couple weeks ago. So what are the chances that these raccoons have denned up in there and are going to be there until Spring? Or are they still likely awake and coming and going at night and I just dont see the evidence of it?
I am going to set up a live trap inside the barn once the doors are up, wondering if I should expect a quick catch or if I am wasting my time and energy and wait until spring.
Thanks in advance