Raccoons caught on camera taking up residence in attic of Castle Rock family

Family captured raccoons on a baby monitor
Posted at 1:06 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 23:02:48-04

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- A family in Castle Rock is sleeping soundly again after some uninvited guests took up residence in their attic for several days.

"The sounds they were making," said Amanda Caveny. "They were so loud."

Caveny and her husband could hear scratching and movement in their attic, but couldn't figure out what was up there or how it got in.

So, they set out a trap and caught a huge raccoon.

"It looked like it had been struggling for a while after being trapped," Caveny said. "A lot of mud was kicked up."

But the scratching and cooing up in the attic didn't stop.

At that point, Amanda and her husband stripped out some of the siding and plywood on their porch overhang and screwed a baby monitor into the rafters.

After several hours of monitoring, they discovered there were three baby raccoons still in the attic.

They finally got the babies to drop down into some cardboard boxes. The adult raccoon was released into the wild. The babies were taken to a vet clinic in metro Denver where they are reportedly doing well. They will be rehabilitated and released into the wild according to the Deer Creek Vet Hospital.

"A lot of the centers and rescues that I called were full," Caveny said. "And a lot of people messaged me and said they wanted them as pets, which is not ok."


Pest, rodent and vermin control experts say this is the time of year many raccoons are trying to find a safe space to give birth. Openings in your house provide the perfect place for them to squeeze in and make themselves at home in attics and crawl spaces.