Adult Raccoon

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Adult Raccoon

What do you do if you find an injured adult raccoon?

When finding an injured adult raccoon, do not touch or handle the animal unless extremely necessary.

Carefully get the animal in a secure ventilated container.  As long as it is not a very hot day you may place a clean trash can upside down over the animal and place a cinder block, or something heavy on top of the can so the raccoon cannot escape underneath.  Immediately contact a wildlife rehabilitator.

If you do not reach someone within a reasonable period of time and you are concerned about the animals well-being under the trash can, you can slowly inch the upside down trash can onto a flat piece of wood then tilt the trash can right side up slowly.  Give the raccoon a blanket, towel, or sheet to hide under and wait for instructions from the wildlife rehabilitator.

If you find a healthy Young raccoon or an adult raccoon that is stuck inside a trash can or dumpster and it has only been there for a short time, and it is not covered with flies and is not a very small baby, you can tilt the trash can over slowly and allow the raccoon to leave when it does not feel as though it is in danger (it could take an hour or more).  If the raccoon is in a dumpster, put in a thick tree branch, ladder or something it can climb on to get out.

If the raccoon looks injured or has been in water or covered with flies, place a light sheet over the top of the can to keep the flies off and call a wildlife rehabilitator immediately.

****Always use caution when handling wild animals, especially careful not to get bitten or come in contact with the animals saliva.****