Infant Raccoon Emergency
As will all infant mammals every effort should be made to reunite
the infant with its mother. Raccoons are nocturnal animals,
meaning they are active at night, so often if an infant is separated
from its mother, the mother will not return for it until after dark.
If you find a infant raccoon follow these suggestions to reunite it
with its mother:
- Carefully examine the raccoons to determine if any of them are
- Put the healthy raccoons in a box lined with a soft material
like a towel or t-shirt. Place a hot water bottle or some
other heat source under the material in the box with the raccoons.
- Slide the box with the raccoons into a trash can or storage
bin turned on its side. This will provide shelter from the
weather, but mom can still access her infants.
- Place the trash can or bin with the box containing the raccoons near the area where they were
found over night to allow the mother to retrieve her infants.
- Keep other animals and people away from the area.
If any of the raccoons are injured or if the mother raccoon has
not retrieved her infants please contact the Wildlife In Need
Center at (262) 965-3090.
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