Raccoons can be released on‐site if it is legal in your state. Try to release them where they will not run into traffic or cause other disturbances. Typically, raccoons will run up a nearby tree or into cover. Keep children and pets away. Raccoons may reinvade the home or a nearby residence.
Translocation is not recommended for raccoons. Survival rates are low for translated raccoons and they may move up to 25 miles from their release site. Many states forbid the translocation of raccoons and other rabies vectors. Consult your state laws on translocation.
Carbon dioxide is the preferred method of euthanasia for raccoons. Adult raccoons die relatively quickly, but juvenile raccoons can last 30 minutes or more, particularly when placed in a chamber with less than 100% carbon dioxide.
Consult your state regulations regarding disposal of carcasses.