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Why should you release Raccoons and wild animals after catching them ?

Whenever we trap raccoons and wild animals, we release them within few kilometers from where we trapped them. When shared with clients, they often take it with surprise. Below are some tips that why you should release those animals humanely after trapping them at your property.


If you have trapped a raccoon and are planning to release it back into the wild, there are several important considerations to keep in mind.

  1. Check local laws and regulations: Before releasing a raccoon, it is important to check with your local authorities to ensure that it is legal to do so. Some states have specific laws or regulations regarding the release of wildlife, and it is important to follow these guidelines to avoid any legal problems.

  2. Choose a suitable location: When releasing a raccoon, it is important to choose a location that is suitable for the animal. This may include a wooded area with plenty of food and water sources, and a place where the raccoon is unlikely to come into contact with humans.

  3. Releasing them within the area helps in preventing spread of disease. If released in a distant location, if infected animals can spread disease into other locations.

  4. If mother raccoon has babies, it can reach the babies safely when released in the same area. Otherwise it would be very difficult for the babies to survive on their own.

  5. Avoid releasing the raccoon in a residential area: It is generally not a good idea to release a raccoon in a residential area, as this can lead to conflicts with humans and may put the animal at risk. If you are unsure of where to release the raccoon, you may want to consider contacting a local wildlife rehabilitation center for guidance.

  6. Transport the raccoon safely: When transporting the raccoon to its release site, it is important to handle the animal carefully to avoid stressing it out. Use a sturdy cage or box to contain the raccoon, and keep it away from humans and other animals during the journey.

  7. Observe the raccoon from a distance: Once you have released the raccoon, it is important to observe it from a distance to ensure that it is able to adapt to its new environment. If the raccoon appears to be struggling or in distress, you may need to intervene and provide additional support.

By following these steps, you can safely and humanely release a raccoon back into the wild within a few kilometers of its original location. Remember to handle the animal with care and respect, and to follow all local laws and regulations.

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