What To Do With a Baby Raccoon

What To Do With a Baby Raccoon

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Do you Think You Have Baby Raccoons? Your Guide to “What to Do with a Baby Raccoon.”

You’re enjoying a lovely day in your backyard when you notice something moving in the bushes. Upon closer inspection, you realize that baby raccoons are frolicking in the grass! What do you do? 

Raccoons are common in North America, and it’s not unusual to see them raiding your trashcan or garden. But what should you do if you find a baby raccoon that fell out of a tree?

We know that baby raccoons are adorable. You may feel tempted to try and take care of them yourself, but it’s important to remember that they are wild animals. Scroll down to learn what to do if you find baby raccoons in your yard.

If You Find Baby Raccoons in Your Yard, Don’t Touch Them

The first thing you should know is to leave the baby raccoons alone. Babies are typically born in the spring, so if you find them in late spring or early summer, their mother is probably just out looking for food. 

Touching a wild baby raccoon may be very tempting, but keep in mind the risks you would be taking.

  1. The mother could come back and attack you
  2. The baby raccoon could be sick.

Baby raccoons can carry diseases such as rabies, so exercise caution. Raccoons are nocturnal. So if you see a baby raccoon out during the day, it’s a good indicator that something is wrong.

Observe the Babies From a Distance to See if Their Mother Is Around

How can you tell if a baby raccoon is abandoned? If you’ve been watching the baby raccoons for a while and their mother hasn’t returned, it’s time to call for help.

The best thing to do is contact a wildlife rehabilitator or animal control. They will be able to assess the situation and determine whether or not the mother is coming back. 

If the Baby Raccoon Seems Injured or Orphaned, Call a Professional

If you’ve been watching the baby raccoons for a while and their mother hasn’t returned, it’s time to call for help. The best thing to do is contact a professional who can relocate or rehabilitate the babies. They will be able to assess the situation and determine whether or not the mother is coming back. 

Keep Your Pets and Children Inside and Away From the Baby Raccoons

In the meantime, keep your pets inside and away from the them. Even though they’re cute, they can carry diseases that harm humans and animals. Raccoon roundworms, for example, can cause neurological issues and even death in some cases!

Keep an Eye on the Babies Until the Professional Arrives

Finally, keep an eye on the babies until help arrives. Make sure they’re not too close to the road or getting into any danger. And if possible, try to keep other animals away from them so they don’t get hurt.

Removing Baby Raccoons in Ohio

If you find baby raccoons in your yard, it’s best to leave them alone and observe them from a distance. If you’re concerned about their welfare, call for help if their mother doesn’t return within a few hours.

The Critter Detective is here to help. We offer professional raccoon removal services to get those little critters out of your yard and off your property for good. We also provide services to prevent raccoons from returning to your property in the future.  Contact The Critter Detective in Ohio today for a free estimate!

If you are interested in reading more about raccoons, we list a few of our raccoon articles below.

Raccoon Mating Season & Your Attic

Are Raccoons Active During Winter

Raccoon Behavior During Fall and Winter in Ohio

What Will Scare Raccoons Away?

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