Just like clockwork, we recovered our first litter of baby raccoons on March 21st. It is amazing how after 20 years of doing wildlife control that we almost always find them on this date! This litter, that Brandon Kulosa found, was in an attic and they were about 2 weeks old. Since raccoon gestation is about 63 days, that puts this conception at around January 1st. So those raccoons fighting in your attic on New Years Eve, well, now you know what they were up to, and it wasn’t fighting! These are the early birds, as most the litters will be born in April and May. Check out the video Brandon shot of the removal, it went as good as it possibly could. Raccoons have on average 4 babies, but as many as 7. This litter had 6, a very rare and high number. You will also see just how much damage a 20 pound raccoon can do to your expensive blown in insulation. They trample it down and cut huge trails through it. Raccoon babies can scoot on their belly from birth and are fairly mobile at around 1 month. The female will generally keep them in one place for 2 months, then they will begin foraging with her. Therefore, If you hear baby raccoons in your attic, it’s best to start removal as soon as possible, as it is far easier to locate and remove the little ones. Once they begin moving, they get into places like wall cavities and soffits, that may require cutting the wall open to remove, leading to more expensive repairs. Give Animal Trackers a call if your hearing strange sounds in your attic, we work everyday and would be happy to help you out. Let the raccoon baby season begin!
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