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Springfield Massachusetts Raccoon Control Situation: I don't know. I don't "get rid" of baby raccoons, I give them to a wonderful woman who is a state licensed wildlife rehabber. First of all, you might not be adequate caretakers if your first one died. This woman who specializes in wildlife rehab never loses raccoons, she gives them full vaccinations and she weighs them every day to give the proper type and amount of food, and she provides the best environment. Second, the birthing season is over. From Jan - March I was catching many baby raccoons, but now they're all grown into adolescents. You need a young baby if you want to adopt it and have it take to you. Third, do you have licensing as a wildlife rehabber? If not, it's technically illegal for me to give you a raccoon. All that said, I don't really care about points one and three, but in all honesty, it might be hard to find any mothers that had litters this late in the season. I might give you a call, but chances are low. You must also be made aware that raccoons are not meant as pets. Even though they are the cutest animals in nature (my opinion), once they mature sexually, they WILL, and I guarantee it, suddenly turn on you one day and bite/scratch you very seriously.
I am aware of all your points, appreciate your concern and have researched the topic extensively. I was taking proper care of the one I found and had consulted rehabbers on almost a daily basis. Yes the one I had was about 2 week old when I got him and noticed that he atttached himself to "me" as I was the caretaker. It was such an amazing experience. I did everything I could, including vaccinations, fluids, antibiotics, etc. The pneumonia had nothing to do with it (I caught it also). I certainly understand your hesitation. I have the paperwork for a class III wildlife ownership (just hesitate to send it in unless I have access to one and can help in some way) and I have spare rooms (indoor & outdoor conjoined). I am truly glad about your approach as I was not sure what happens to "critters" in the "critter" business and was just hoping to save some. If you other person could use some help, please let me know. Take care, Christina
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