There is a raccoon in the trap that you laid. The big question is ‘what next?’ As protected wildlife, you’re prohibited from killing the raccoon or making it suffer. You also cannot transport it for more than one kilometre without a proper permit. Having caught a raccoon in your shed or attic in Toronto, releasing it nearby could mean a return, especially if it left young ones. The best way forward is to call the raccoon removal expert.

The primary reason to contact a professional wildlife removal service is that it’s the humane approach to dealing with trapped raccoons. Prolonging their time in the cage could lead the animal to injure itself in an attempt to escape. With time, the raccoon could suffer from dehydration, starvation or die at the hands of predators such as dogs or eagles.

While releasing it less than a kilometre way would appear to be the better approach, remember that raccoons in urban and suburban areas live in sheds, attics, barns or sewers. Another important consideration is your chances of getting injured given fully grown raccoons are quite ferocious. If you don’t handle the cage correctly, you’re likely to get scratched or bitten and earn a trip to the hospital for a rabies vaccine. You’re equally exposed to Baylisascaris procyonis, a raccoon roundworm found in its feces, and leptospirosis, a bacterial infection found in the animal’s urine.

It is crucial that you call an expert during spring because this is raccoon ‘baby season’. Like most mammals, raccoons are protective over their young ones. Once released, they will make their way back to their babies, causing damage should they find the entrance blocked. During this time, the babies may have died of starvation or dehydration leaving a stench behind that you’ll eventually have to deal with.

Why You Should Call the Expert after You’ve Caught a Raccoon

Having looked at the risks of removing a trapped raccoon on your own, the only way forward is contacting a Toronto wildlife removal expert. They can remove the raccoon and cubs if any and guarantee to do it safely and humanely. They will also ensure they aren’t other wildlife on your property before sealing it to avoid a return. Ask for a warranty of at least two years before work begins.