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Albany New York Raccoon Control Situation: Thank you for your informative site and your offer of help. I live in a 50 year old flat-roofed house with a space of about 2 feet between the joists and the roof. A raccoon entered in mid-May from open vent on roof and had its babies. At least this is my guess from reading and my experience. With Critter Catcher Company in Albany NY I have been trying to remove the raccoon by covering all but one possible point of entry, trimming trees and setting live traps. I cut a hole in a closet wall that adjoins the ceiling above which they are living, closed off the room and opened window. That nite I heard loud screeching outside and saw a HUGE raccoon on the ground and a little one in the trellised honey-suckle vine. In the early morning (7/24) I heard a critter return, but it sounded like a baby, not heavy like the big one has been sounding and softly chirping. Last nite I heard nothing, but this morning I heard the soft chirping of what I assume are at least 2 babies. I don't think the mother got back in as I had closed the window and the roof vent is about 5 inches in diameter. The traps, one on the roof adjacent to the vent and one on the shelf adjacent to the wall-opening are baited with wet catfood. I am wondering if I should open the window again to give the mother access so that she might be trapped with the babies. Or are the babies big enough to go out on their own at the estimated age of 7 to 10 weeks (remember that I saw one kit a few nites ago). I am concerned for the well-being of the kits and the possible outcome of them dying in the space. I would greatly appreciate your suggestions. Thank you very much for your help, Robbie
Robbie, It sounds like perhaps the mother raccoon was attacked by a male raccoon. She might have been run off, and now just the babies are left. I'd wait a few days to see if she's gone or not. If she is, the young have to be removed by hand, unless they are big enough for trapping, which they may be. A hole may have to be cut in the ceiling at the nesting point if they are not mobile, but since it sounds like they are, some traps can be set at the opening to the attic where they are going in/out. 10 weeks is old enough to trap. 7 weeks is questionable, and at that age, might require cutting a hole in the ceiling to snare and remove the young raccoons. If the mom is still present, she should be trapped as well, of course, along with the young. - David
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