Last Updated: June 2016
Spring time is the season for colorful and brighter flowers, leaves growing back onto branches, the sound of birds becoming more and more noticeable in the morning and of course, spring time is raccoon baby season. Spring is recognized by nature leaving its state of cold, winter hibernation state, and awakening into a more lively state which includes newborn raccoons. Baby raccoons are born without the ability to see and fully depending on its mother for food, shelter and protection. Like all babies, baby raccoons require special care due to his or her inability to care for themselves as a young animal. Their delicate features and lack of exposure to the wild makes them fully dependent for care. This is why specific precautions are taken when handling a situation that involves baby raccoons. If you happen to be in a problem faced with needing to remove baby raccoons from your property, call for a professional. To minimize the risk of harming the baby raccoon and being faced with a mother raccoon, a licensed and trained wildlife removal technician is the person most suitable to get the job done rather than trying to do it yourself.
Raccoon Baby Season occurs early spring to early summer. Female raccoons usually give birth to 1 litter a year consisting of about 3 to 7 kits (baby raccoons). Females begin mating once they have reached sexual maturity at 1 year, and male raccoons once they are about 2 years old. Factors such as climate and weather are conditions that affect the mating and season of baby raccoons which is due to the varying times. Usually, mating occurs in January and after a gestation period of about 65-65 days, baby raccoons can be born as early as March.
Baby raccoons, also known as kits are born weighing almost 2 oz. at birth. They are adorable little mammals who are born with their eyes shut, and are not able to fully see until they are about 21 days. In raccoon baby season, after the kits are born, they have a very light fur but their trademark physical characteristics are still present. The dark mask across the eyes is faint but visible, along with the rings around the tail. If not, the features present themselves as early as a week after. At about 4 weeks after the baby raccoons are born, they are able to stand and once they are walking, it appears to be a crawl with their arm and legs outstretched. At about 6 weeks, baby raccoons are actively walking, running and climbing. Although they have the ability to become independent soon after, many young raccoons will stay their mother for about a year.
Raccoon Baby Season
Homeowners and property owners of any kind should be aware when it is raccoon baby season. During this time, as early as March, raccoons will be on the lookout for a suitable shelter for herself and her young. Once a comfortable setting has been established, the mother raccoon will give birth to about 3-7 kits. If you have baby raccoons in your home, you will probably hear the mother raccoon more actively, as she is tending to the needs of her babies. The baby raccoons will make noises that sound like chirping noises. If you happen to be faced with a litter of kits on your property during this raccoon baby season, call for a professional to help you remove them. Raccoons are not very aggressive mammals unless they are threatened, and a mother raccoon will definitely defend if necessary. This is why a professional animal/wildlife removal company is the best solution to handle this. Special precautions are taken to not harm the wildlife and so there is minimal risk involved. During this process, the mother raccoon is first removed. Once she is away, and it is safe to do so, the babies are placed in a comfortable heated box to stay. The box is then moved to a place easily found and easily accessible for the mother raccoon to find where she will then take each kit one by one to another established shelter for her to raise them. When people try to attempt this with no training or education on the matter, they risk harming the mother raccoon, her young and themselves. It is a delicate process that should be handled by a professional. If a baby raccoon is found with no signs of a mother, the best option is to call a wildlife rehabilitator company like the Toronto Wildlife Centre. Although it may seem easy and safe because the raccoons are so small and easy to care for, please do not take them in to be domesticated. A raccoon’s mother is the best care a young raccoon can receive and a professional is the next best.
If you notice signs of wildlife in your house give us a call. At SOS Wildlife Control, we provide superior raccoon baby season services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients. Let us help you solve your wildlife problems. Taking action before it’s too late will help eliminate animal damage repair costs. We can easily be reached at 1-800-981-0330. Don’t wait and call us to schedule an appointment for a thorough inspection to help evacuate all your unwanted wildlife guests in the most humane way possible.
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