RACCOONS

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RACCOONS

Birthing: 1-7 young per litter. Usually 1 litter, March - June.
If the mother did not have babies during spring mating she may have a litter in the fall.
Eyes opened: 18-24 days
Weaning beg-end): 6-16 weeks.
Active: Nighttime; sometimes hunt for food or sun themselves in daytime Active year-round
Diet: Insects, rodents, fruit, garden crops, garbage

Q - There’s a healthy-looking cub in my yard. Does it need to be rescued?
A - Unless there are indications the mother has been killed or trapped, babies should be left in the area where found so the mother can retrieve after dark. If necessary, move out of harm’s way, near where found, and leave alone. Do not handle. Call the Hotline if in doubt.

Q - I have raccoons in my chimney (or attic). How do I get them out?
A - Raccoon mothers will move their babies from the chimneys and attics when the babies are 6-7 weeks old. Try to tolerate the raccoons until the mother can move them out. Then the chimney should be capped or the hole in the attic fixed, but only after it is certain that the raccoons have moved on. Do not try to smoke raccoons out of chimneys because the babies are always burned because they cannot get out of the chimney by themselves.