Found a Raccoon

I Found a Raccoon


WARNING! – RACCOONS ARE A RABIES VECTOR SPECIES. Do not touch a raccoon until you have spoken Greenwood Wildlife.

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 Officer.

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

CALL GREENWOOD WILDLIFE at (303) 823-8455.

I Found an Adult Raccoon

If you have found an injured or sick adult raccoon, call your local Animal Control Officer or Greenwood Wildlife (303) 823-8455. If you are having issues with a nuisance raccoon, visit our humane solutions page.

I Found a Baby Raccoon

Baby mammals can 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.

What to Do

If you suspect the raccoon is orphaned, call Greenwood Wildlife at (303) 823-8455 before attempting rescue.

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).