How to deal with a stray raccoon at your house
If a stray animal takes up residence at your house, it's best to call a professional. (Photo courtesy of Gregg Nelson)
This time of year, I get a lot of calls about baby animals showing up at people's houses.
If you see a stray animal roaming around your house, the first thing to remember is not to touch it. Baby raccoons may have rabies, and you would never know it. If you touch a stray, your scent that is left on any animal will turn the mother away from taking them back.
If you come across a baby raccoon, it's likely the mom has been injured or killed. If one is lingering around your house, it is best to push the baby into a box with a stick and leave it in the shade close to where it was found.
It would be more humane to get an animal rehaber to take it or any nuisance wildlife control operator can euthanize it for a fee, which is a much better option than letting it die on it's own, which is likely to happen.
Baby squirrels seldom are seen, but again if you do see one, that means mom isn't around any more. Squirrel mothers are not the best at taking care of their young, as they have several litters each year, the next time being around August. I usually let them fend for themselves if possible.
If you see a stray baby animal or have any questions on what to do, contact a local pest control specialist or your local wildlife department.
Big Bear Wildlife Control is located in East Haven, Conn. As of May 31, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.