The question is from the book Where the Red Fern Grows. I think it might be i ch. 6 or 7
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The trap piqued the coons with something shiny, after which, the raccoon's stubbornness took over refusing to the the shiny article go. In the end, the raccoon's paw gets stuck. Thus, it's the curiosity and stubbornness of the raccoons that enables Billy to trap one.
Where the Red Fern Grows