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Old 05-20-2019, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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We have some baby raccoons living in our tree next to our house. We see, and hear the babies all the time, but never see mom. I think they are a about a month or two old they climb up and down the tree by themselves. My wife thinks we should have the animal rescue people come get them, but I don't want to take them away from mom either.
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Old 05-20-2019, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Are you looking for Mom late at night? That's when urban/suburban raccoons are most active.

If the babies have been clambering around for a long time and still look fine, then Mom's clearly around (as they would have starved to death in her absence).
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Old 05-20-2019, 03:36 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ♥ 🍁 ♥
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Just leave them be for a while longer. Mom knows what she's doing. Mother raccoons keep several dens and "baby-sitting" areas in reserve for when mom has to go hunting for food and leave the babies behind in a safe place. She has chosen your tree as a baby-sitter tree because she knows your location is a safe place to leave them alone while she is gone. Once the babies are big enough to run as fast as her on their own she will take them with her to teach them how to hunt for food. Then they will probably not return to your tree, they will move on as a group to her other reserve dens and other parts of her extensive hunting territory.


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Old 05-20-2019, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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They've been wandering in our yard in the day time for over a week now. They were shivering pretty good too.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:19 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ♥ 🍁 ♥
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They've been wandering in our yard in the day time for over a week now. They were shivering pretty good too.

If you're really worried about them and think they've been abandoned or orphaned and might be starving then go ahead and call your local animal rescue organization and ask them for their advice and intercession.


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Old 05-21-2019, 08:21 PM
 
Location: KY
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Mama Bandit may have gotten ran over or killed by a dog. For this period of time (a week?) she should have been out with them at night at least, like the pic shows of our back porch security camera screenshot. The 3 little ones in the pic were left to their own about two weeks later.

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