What’s normal for baby raccoons?

Raccoons are excellent mothers and take good care of their babies. If you have disturbed a den or frightened a mother raccoon, she might run away. Don’t panic! There is a very good chance that she will come back for her babies.

What should I do if the baby raccoon is still in its den?

  • Leave the den alone and give the mother raccoon time and space to come back to her babies
  • If possible, temporarily stop any activities going on near the den site that might scare the mother (like construction)
  • If the nest is inside a hole (e.g. in a roof),  tape a sheet of newspaper over the entrance. Leave it overnight – if the paper is torn in the morning, you’ll know that the mother came back.
  • If the nest is not in a hole, leave a light dusting of flour around the entrance and check for the mother’s tracks the next morning.

In many cases, a mother raccoon whose den site has been found or disturbed will move her babies to a new den as soon as she can. If she doesn’t move her babies within a day or two and you want to encourage her to move along, follow these tips.

If the mother has not returned after a full 24hrs, you should get further advice from a wildlife rehabilitator.

What should I do if the baby raccoon is outside of its den?

  • Leave the baby raccoon where you found it, and give the mother raccoon time and space to come back for her baby.
  • If possible, temporarily stop any activities going on near the den site that might scare the mother (like construction)
  • If the mother raccoon hasn’t come back within an hour, it’s still possible she’ll return after dark to retrieve her baby. Follow these steps to try to reunite the baby raccoon with its mother.