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Where should I relocate a trapped raccoon?

Although this is not legal in some states (that require either killing or releasing where caught), if relocation is legal in your state, you might want to choose this option instead of killing trapped raccoon. There are lots of debates over that matter of relocation of trapped raccoons. For one, if relocation is an option, one should definitely relocate trapped raccoon at least 5 or 10 miles away from your home-or it will find its way back home. When choosing relocation as an option, it is also important to choose the right location. Although it might seem perfectly logical to relocate wild animal such as raccoon somewhere in the wilderness, where there is source of fresh water, this might not be the best choice after all, especially when this raccoon has been living in urban area for some time (and got used to easily acquired food and water). However, it is not good to release a trapped raccoon in urban area-because it will only find other household to move into.

Another thing to take into the consideration is that raccoons are territorial animals-if you relocate raccoon on a territory that is already "taken" by the other raccoon, these two will fight until there is only one left. Wild animals are not the ones that can be kept as pets in homes. These are also not allowed to be entered in homes, attic, or any place where the human are to move about. This is just because of the threats and dangers which is caused by the wild animal’s presence.

It is important to note that female raccoon always has to be checked for the signs of breastfeeding. If she has babies that are incapable of independent walking, these babies will not be capable to be relocated nor to survive in new surroundings. It is very stressful even for an adult raccoon to change usual life location and if that adult is mother with babies, chances for her survival and survival of the babies will not be very high.

Of course, as soon as you note that trapped raccoon is nursing mother, you should locate the nest with the babies because otherwise babies might die of starvation (and this will happen if you don't find them in first day or two after you have captured their mother.

If you aren't sure how to go about relocating trapped raccoon, it might be a good idea to contact the professional wildlife rehabber.

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