Orphan Alert: Be very careful not to create orphan raccoons by accident. Mother raccoons often give birth in the spring in and around our dwellings. When homeowners hire pest control companies to remove the mother, the babies will be left behind. The best solution is to wait a few weeks until the babies are mobile and joining their mother for foraging. After they’ve left your dwelling for the evening, it’s safe to close their access for good.
What to do if you find…
1. Always wear gloves when handling raccoons.
2. First, establish that the baby raccoon needs to be rescued. If the baby looks healthy, it is best to wait and watch for several hours before taking action. If there is no sign of the mother, or if the baby is injured or being stalked by a predator, it’s time to bring the baby to Native Animal Rescue.
3. Warm a soft cloth or an old t-shirt in the dryer and place it in the bottom of a box with air holes. Keep the box warm by placing it on a warm towel or on a heating pad set on low.
4. Carefully lift the baby and place it in the box.
5. Close the box and bring it to Native Animal Rescue following the directions below.
6. If you are uncomfortable handling the baby, call Native Animal Rescue at 831-462-0726.
Injured Adult Raccoons
1. Do not handle, feed, or transport the raccoon.
2. Contact Native Animal Rescue at 831-462-0726.
3. If you are unable to contact Native Animal Rescue, call Santa Cruz County Animal Services at 831-454-7200. After hours call 831-471-1182.