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Injured or orphaned raccoons

If the raccoon has an obvious injury, is bleeding, feels cold or looks sick, is attempting to move away but is falling over, or is acting disoriented and has discharge coming from its eyes/nose this animal needs immediate help. Please review our Emergency Care information. 

If the animal is not injured, please read this information to further determine whether your wild animal needs assistance.

Raccoons are a clan animal. They live in groups of several adults and juveniles and are very dedicated and dependent upon family ties for survival, protection and nurturing. Mothers usually have only one litter per year born in April or May of two to five cubs.

If you come across raccoon cubs clinging to their dead mother on the side of the road, or if you find a group of infants that have maggots or many adult flies landing on them they need immediate assistance. Please carefully (while wearing gloves or another barrier) place them into a secure container with plenty of air holes and transport them to Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley.

In late summer or fall many times juvenile cubs who are still dependent on their mother will go exploring while she is away. These juveniles can be placed (while wearing gloves or another barrier) into an open cardboard box with peanut butter sandwiches inside and out. Place the box in the same area the cub was found, keep all pets and people away as the mother will not return if either are present. The mother will be looking for him and should return to retrieve him within a few hours. If she does not return the juvenile can be assumed orphaned and should be brought to Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. Please search the area for any other cubs.

Please keep in mind that is it against the law to keep wildlife in your possession except for transport purposes. Raccoon cubs can be tempting to keep as pets however these babies grow into extremely dangerous adults and even if they are raised in a domestic household, natural instincts and hormones will prevail and cause a dangerous situation for you and your family!

Raccoons also carry a roundworm parasite that is potentially fatal to humans if it is contracted.

Wildlife professionals are trained and licensed to work with these animals. Please follow our advice.

Animal Humane Society's Golden Valley location provides care for all wild animals except skunks. We will provide phone advice for skunk situations. Please bring your wild animal directly to the Golden Valley location. If you need further advice or assistance you may call the Wildlife Exam at (763) 489-2223.