Raccoons

Did you find a BABY raccoon?

Raccoons are often orphaned unnecessarily when a homeowner hears activity in their attic and hires a pest control company to remove them. Often the company will trap the parents and relocate them, overlooking the babies, and the homeowner will hear the babies crying within a day or so. If you have raccoons in your attic, please call us at 713-468-8972. We can advise you on passive methods that will compel the raccoon to relocate on their own, taking any babies they have with them. If you find a baby raccoon on its own, call us at 713-468-8972 for further assistance.

Did you find an injured ADULT raccoon?

PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE ANIMAL. Adult raccoons are very dangerous, and are a rabies vector species. Call your county’s Animal Control agency for help with an injured or ill adult raccoon.

General Information about Raccoons

Raccoons (Procyon lotor) are nocturnal (mostly active at nighttime). They are most active in spring, summer, and fall, and will sleep in their dens for most of the winter. Reproduction begins in late winter. Females, or sows, usually give birth to 1-6 baby kits in the spring. Mothers are very protective of their young until they separate after about a year.

Raccoons can carry several bacterial diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans and pets through a bite or the ingestion of raccoon waste. Some diseases that can affect humans and pets include: leptospirosis, salmonella, roundworm, and rabies. A raccoon’s life span is about 2-3 years.

TWRC will be CLOSED on July 4th!

TWRC Wildlife Center will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day! We will re-open on Tuesday, July 5th for normal operations.
Should you need immediate wildlife assistance, please visit Animal Help Now at www.ahnow.org to obtain a list of wildlife rehabbers in your area. Otherwise, call us at 713-468-TWRC (8972), leave a message, and we'll contact you when we return on July 5. 

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