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Worcester Massachusetts Raccoon Control Situation: Where Should I Relocate a Trapped Raccoon?
You might wonder where to relocate a trapped raccoon. Make sure that you are allowed to catch it in the first place. In some states, only a licensed professional can handle and trap raccoons. The reason for this is that raccoons can bite you and their bite can contain rabies.
The first thing that you should be aware of is your state laws. They can provide directions when it comes to capturing and relocation of raccoons. Otherwise, you might get a penalty when you are caught driving and relocating the critters. If you have caught a raccoon, you can relocate it 5 miles away from your home. 10 miles is also a good distance when relocating them. They have a tendency to come back inside your house when the relocation place is too near. If you are trying to free them from their cage, open the back door of the trap and stay away. Raccoons will only bite if they are provoked. However, they can still scratch or bite you if they are threatened. They can also bite out of self-defense and when you are in their way when they escape.
Public lands or relocation of raccoons to other nearby house is not allowed. Other people think that animals should be released into the wild where they can fare better. If the raccoon is caught in your trap, don't let it starve. Release them immediately. Give them some water while in their cage if you are unsure of what to do with them. Don't try to feed them with your bare hands if they are in a cage. They are not interested in eating. You should call a professional as soon as possible if your state does not allow the relocation of the raccoons.
Raccoons with Pups
A mother raccoon with her pups should not be separated. Wait until after a few days when the babies are old enough before getting rid of the raccoons in your attic. There are a lot of studies that show that raccoon pups will not survive a new place when they are only about two weeks old. Release the young babies first before the mother raccoon. An inexperienced mother has the tendency to bolt and leave their young ones behind. Baby raccoons should have a heat source if you are leaving them in a new place. You can pour hot water into a bottle or a zip lock bag. This can serve as the heat source of the babies. You can also monitor the area where you left the baby raccoons. If their mother has not come back, you can call a wildlife authority that can take care of them.
If you are licensed and your state allows you to terminate the raccoons, then do so in a humane way. Don't let raccoons starve and die inside your house. Their corpse will terribly stink. Most of the raccoons that visit your house are females. They tend to leave the wild and raise their young ones in your house. Your house can provide better shelter, security, and food for them. Contact a professional to get advice if you are unsure of what to do.
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