Found a Raccoon

I Found a Raccoon


WARNING! – RACCOONS ARE A RABIES VECTOR SPECIES. RABIES HAS ENTERED THE STATE OF COLORADO.  Do not touch a raccoon until you have spoken with a rehabilitator. If you are bitten or scratched, call your local health department for further instructions.

NO FOOD OR WATER! People often think that feeding an animal will make it feel better, but doing so can endanger its life.


*If the raccoon requires immediate assistance, please call your local animal control office.

**If there has been any human, pet or farm animal contact, call your local health department FIRST.

I Found an Adult Raccoon

If you have found an injured or sick adult raccoon, call you local animal control office.

I Found a Baby Raccoon

What do they look like?

Baby raccoons have:

  • similar markings to an adult raccoon, such as a ringed tail and masked face
  • eyes and ears can be open or closed, depending on age

Baby mammals often appear to be orphaned when in fact they are not. Many species of mammals will leave their babies safely hidden while they are out searching for food. If you suspect a baby mammal is orphaned, patiently and unobtrusively observe for at least three hours in an effort to determine if it truly needs help. Remember, parents may not return to their babies if you remain too close. 

A baby raccoon’s best chance for survival is to be raised by its natural parents. It is imperative that you make every effort to allow the parents to care for their babies before considering removing a baby raccoon from the wild. Raccoons are excellent mothers and take good care of their young. If you have disturbed a den or frightened an adult raccoon, you may see the adult run away from the den or her baby. DON’T PANIC! There is a very good chance that the mother will return at night and continue to care for her young. Even if a baby has strayed from the den, the mother can pick it up by the scruff of the neck and return it to the den. 

What to Do

If you know the raccoon is orphaned, call Greenwood Wildlife at (303) 823-8455.

Regarding after-hours rescuing, reuniting, transporting and nuisance raccoons, please follow Reunite a Raccoon.

Video of raccoon reunite in action:

For a sound loop of a baby Raccoon calling it’s mother – CLICK HERE. It is helpful to leave this playing next to the reunite box to attract the mother (see Rescue a Raccoon instructions above).