How to Build a Racoon Cage

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Abandoned baby raccoons can be weaned and released back into the wild.
Abandoned baby raccoons can be weaned and released back into the wild.

Raccoons are wild animals and must remain in the wild. In some situations, humans step in to help raise abandoned or injured raccoons. The animals are cared for and rehabilitated and are released in the wild when they are able to care for themselves. Raccoons need to be housed outside after they are 12 weeks old. A raccoon cage can be built for the animals waiting to be released. A raccoon is a very active animal and will need plenty of space. You can erect a temporary enclosure until your masked friend is ready to head back into the wild.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Post hole digger
  • Concrete mix
  • Patio paving stones
  • 3 – 8 foot wide by 6 foot tall panels of chain link fence
  • 1 – 8 foot wide by 6 foot tall panel of chain link fence with door
  • 4 – 4 inch diameter, 8 foot tall metal poles
  • 8 chain link fence brackets
  • Plywood
  • Saw
  • Tarp
  • Grass and branches
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Instructions

    • 1

      Measure out an area of flat land in your yard that is 8 feet by 8 feet. Use the post hole digger to create 4 6 inch diameter by 1 foot deep holes, one at each corner.

    • 2

      Mix the concrete according to the directions on the bag. Pour the concrete into each hole. Fill it about half way. Let the concrete set up for three to four minutes.

    • 3

      Set the poles in the concrete and let set for two hours.

    • 4

      Lay the patio stones flush against the ground, interlocking them as you go. You can do this while the concrete is setting. You will need to fill the space inside the 8 foot by 8 foot area.

    • 5

      Attach the panels to the poles using two post brackets for each pole. You will put one bracket 6 inches from the top of the post, and one six inches from the bottom of the post.

    • 6

      Create a nesting box for the raccoon out of plywood. The box should measure 24 inches wide by 24 inches long and 20 inches tall. Place the box in the corner of the cage.

    • 7

      Line the box with long grasses and soft branches.

    • 8

      Cover the cage with an industrial sized tarp that has lots of grommets. Use metal zip ties to attach the tarp to the fence. Thread the ties through the grommet, loop through the fencing and back through the zip tie. Pull as tight as possible.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not allow any gaps in the fencing or tarp. Raccoons can easily escape.

  • Put a baby pool filled with water in the cage during the summer months.

  • Keeping raccoons as pets is illegal in some states. Raccoons often carry rabies and can be a health hazard.

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