What Do Raccoons Sound Like When Fighting

Raccoon Fight

https://musicofnature.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/199017-EDIT-NR.mp3 Raccoon Fight. 1:45am, 15 September 1990, near Danby, New York © Lang Elliott.

J ust having published a blog post featuring a groundhog fight, I’ve decided to post a raccoon fight for comparison. This is an old recording, from September of 1990, yet it is still my best example of scuffling within a family group. Notice the whining that precedes three outbursts of loud and raucous calls. This is typical of what the mostly nocturnal raccoons do, and is usually heard in the dead of the night. In comparison, groundhogs are day-active (diurnal) and are unlikely to be heard at night.

So … if you hear a raucous outburst at night, it is most likely a raccoon fight (or else a cat fight, if there are numerous house-cats in your neighborhood).

NOTE: If you listen closely at the beginning, you may hear a screech-owl in the background, giving two melodic whinny calls. They’re faint, so listen very carefully. I was actually at this location to record the screech-owl; the raccoon scuffle happened unexpectedly, right of the blue (or rather, right out of the black), truly an amazing gift in the wee hours of the morning.


What Do Raccoons Sound Like?

December 13, 2016 by Bill Dowd

There are always different kinds of noises coming from the outdoors. It can be difficult to distinguish which species you’re dealing with, especially if it’s inside your house behind a wall or ceiling. They can all kind of sound the same.

But, being able to identify specific calls and sounds can help narrow down your pest control strategies and what steps you need to take to get rid of unwanted wildlife inside your home.

Raccoon vocalizations

Raccoons are very vocal mammals and use a variety of sounds to communicate with another. There are up to 200 different sounds raccoons use to interact. Adult raccoons will purr, chitter, growl, snarl, hiss, whimper and screech. Each sound is used to communicate something different. But, they’re not easy to distinguish from other wild animals. Many of their vocalizations resemble those of other animals. Fighting raccoons sound similar to fighting cats. Raccoon screams sound like the screech of an owl.

Baby raccoons make different vocalizations. They will often mew, cry and whine. The cooing sounds made by crying baby raccoons are often mistaken for birds by homeowners. The sounds with change depending on the amount of stress the babies are under and will change as the babies grow older.

Raccoon litters typically contain anywhere from two to six babies and litters are born from early spring through early summer. Babies aren’t mobile for several weeks after their birth which means noises are generally concentrated in a specific location until they start moving around and exploring on their own.

Raccoon physical sounds

One of the first signs of raccoons in the attic is the sound of their movement. Even when they’re not vocalizing their emotions, raccoons make distinct rustling sounds. The sounds are often described as slow moving and plodding, as if something is being dragged around the attic. Raccoons are mostly nocturnal so noises tend to be heard during the night when they’re active.

Listen for this in the attic or chimney. These are definite signs of a raccoon den. Also, these sounds might be heard when the raccoon is walking across the rooftop, climbing the downspout or attempting to gain entry to your home.

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Other signs of raccoons in your home

Although sounds are a great way to identify any unwanted visitors, visual confirmation can also help to diagnose the problem. Frequent raccoon sightings is a great hint they’re denning somewhere on your property.

Visual cues include holes or damage made to your roof, soffit or siding. Regular raccoon activity may also result on foot and paw prints being left behind. Look out for piles of raccoon droppings, also called latrines, as they can help indicate the amount and frequency of raccoon activity around your property.

Prevention tips

  • Keep a clean yard free of overhanging branches.
  • Maintain garbage areas with locking containers.
  • Seal all holes and cracks on the outer walls of your home.
  • Perform regular maintenance to your roof.
  • Call a professional.

Mississauga animal removal

Most raccoon infestations have to be removed by professionals. There’s a lot to consider when safely and humanely removing wildlife from your home or attic. When finding evidence of raccoons you should contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control.

Our technicians have the experience and training needed to identify how raccoons are getting inside your attic, if there are babies and evaluate any home damage. Best of all we guarantee that once removed they won’t be able to get back in.


What Sounds Do Raccoons Make?

Raccoons have a relatively large vocabulary amounting to about 51 recognized sounds, including adult raccoon purrs, snarls, chatter, squeals, whinnies, growls, hisses and screams and young raccoon twitters, coos, cries and mews. Raccoon vocalizations may resemble other animal sounds; for example, fighting raccoons may sound similar to fighting domestic cats, and their screams may resemble the call of a screech owl. Baby raccoons, known as kits, have vocalizations that are separate from typical adult raccoon vocalizations, and these sounds may become more intense based on the amount of stress the animal is experiencing.

Listening to recordings of raccoon vocalizations may assist with identifying this animal’s noises. While raccoons can be identified by their vocalizations, the fact that some of their noises resemble the calls and cries of other animals may mean that other forms of identification are necessary. In addition to their tittering and growling noises, raccoons can be identified by their tracks, which feature hand-like prints featuring five distinct clawed digits on both front and back paws. Raccoon scat is typically tubular and may contain evidence of the raccoon’s diet, including fur, seeds, berries or feathers. These agile and clever nocturnal animals are mostly peaceful but can be aggressive if they feel threatened.


Racoons snarling & growling & screaming; what are they doing at night?

At night I hear racoons (just looked w/ flashlight so I know it’s them) & it sounds like 1 is snarling & growling like a lion & the 2nd is screaming like in fear. Is this sex, or fighting, or trying to kill each other? It’s really loud.

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Raccoons do not breed this time of year. They breed Dec-June, but most breed Feb-March that way they have babies in the spring.

They are more than likely fighting over food. And when they fight it is pretty noisey.

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I video taped like 8 raccoons snarling and growling, batting at each other. chasing each other away, like a power struggle. It was over a bag of cheetos that my dad had thrown out under a tree for the «wild animals». They also scared a fox away, which was much larger than they were. So, most likely I think they were probably fighting over a peice of food or something (not good to feed wild animals).

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Racoons snarling & growling & screaming; what are they doing at night?

At night I hear racoons (just looked w/ flashlight so I know it’s them) & it sounds like 1 is snarling & growling like a lion & the 2nd is screaming like in fear. Is this sex, or fighting, or trying to kill each other? It’s really loud.

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They could be mating, fighting over territory, or (if you live in Seattle) killing cats. Stay out of their way while they are doing it and get some live traps from your local animal control. They can relocate the racoons to the country

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Cute as they are, raccoons can really make a racket. They can snarl, hiss, growl, scream, purr, whimper and whinny.

The raccoon is one of the most vocal of night animals and during mating season will scream, mew, growl and whistle

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Ah, the crazy, violent love life of a raccoon. They’re mating. It might sound like you have a horrible animal war going on outside your home, but it’s actually just raccoon love. You could try chasing them off with a hose or something, but there’s always the chance that they could turn around and attack you for interfering. The safest bet is probably just to invest in some earplugs until mating season is over.


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Screaming Beasties in the Night

Ahhhh Spring. The blooming flowers, the budding trees, the screams of raccoons getting lucky…

Not many sounds in nature are as painful to listen to (or experience, I’m sure) as the noise of raccoons mating. for those of you who haven’t, allow me to explain.

Raccoons SCREAM. They don’t make soft, soothing sounds like frogs do when they mate. They don’t chirrup like squirrels, or make a guttural purr like cats. They make an ungodly shriek that sounds like both of them are being filleted alive. It sends chills up your spine even if you KNOW what it is.

Raccoons are mean little beasties. They are not cute, nor are they cuddly, as their big pouffy tails would lead you to believe.

Have you ever watched Animal Planet and heard a jaguar scream? Pfffft! ‘Tis a kitty purring compared to the sound of horny raccoons!

Last night we had some getting busy on our front lawn. How delightful. Nothing says FUN like the sound of horrific screaming coming from pitch blackness just outside the window when hubby’s out of town.

I knew it was only mating coons…but I slept with one eye open just in case.


I just saw 3 raccoons fighting in my backyard!

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I was sitting around, looiking at stuff on OT, then I started hearing all these squeals and shrieks in my backyard. I was like WTF (all the animals in the neighborhood were making noises) so I took my flashlight out and searched the backyard, and there they were fighting in a tree. Unfortunately, they stopped shortly after I looked at them, and all I saw afterwards were six glowing eyes staring at me. I’ve never really seen wild animals fight before, except when I saw a rabbit in a park look at me, shortly before it was killed by a hawk / predator birdfrom the sky. That was another WTF moment, because it felt so unreal that the more I think about it, the more I feel like it was a dream (but I’m 98% sure it wasn’t).

So have any of you guys eer witnessed something like this (wild animal fights)?


5 Raccoon Facts You Need to Know This Raccoon Mating Season

Raccoons are some of the most common animals to make their way into homeowners’ attics. This occurs particularly frequently immediately after raccoon mating season. If you’re a homeowner, it pays to understand more about raccoon mating season to better protect your home from intrusion. This will also keep the animals protected, too.

Here are five raccoon facts you should know.

1. Mating Takes Place between January and June

Raccoon mating season takes place anywhere from January to June. Approximately nine weeks (or 63 days) after mating, mothers will give birth to her offspring. Raccoons can produce between one and seven raccoon kits, though three or four per litter is more typical.

Because raccoon mating season is prolonged, you should be on guard for babies at any time from winter to early fall. If you’ve identified a raccoon in your attic during this time, it’s likely she’s built a den in your home in order to give birth in a warm and safe place. It’s best to assume there are babies hidden somewhere near.

2. Your Attic Is the Perfect Living Area for Raccoon Families

Your attic might appear to you as a dark, dreary place. Of course, you wouldn’t want to raise a family in there! But to a mother raccoon, your attic is perfect. It allows her to give birth in a comfortable, warm space. It enables her to raise her young in a place that is safe from the threat of predators. It helps her protect her babies from the elements.

3. Newborn Raccoons Are Born Deaf and Blind

Just like human babies, newborn raccoons are born dependent. They’re blind and deaf at birth and are completely reliant on their mothers for survival.

This is an important raccoon fact to know as a homeowner. If you plan to evict an adult raccoon from your attic, you must perform a thorough inspection of your home to ensure no babies are left behind. They will not survive on their own.

4. Mother Raccoons Are Fiercely Protective

Female raccoons make great mothers. They have a strong maternal instinct. If you were to evict a mother raccoon and block the entry point so she cannot get back in, she will do whatever she can to reunite with her young.

As a protective mother, the raccoon can and will cause significant damage to your property in an effort to gain re-entry into your attic to be with her young. Raccoons are smart and have dexterous paws. They’re also quite large and strong. They can twist handles and open doors. They can push their way through your soffit intersections. They can rip through pipe mats and tear up fan vents.

This is another reason why it’s so important to check for babies, have an expert hand-remove them, and reunite them with their mother. Damage done to your property by wildlife may not be covered by your homeowner’s policy. You may be on the hook for the costs of repairs.

5. The Raccoon Is a Rabies-Vector Species

Along with groundhogs, foxes, bats, and skunks, the raccoon is a rabies-vector species. This means a raccoon can carry the rabies virus for a significant period of time without showing any outward signs or symptoms commonly associated with the virus. Rather than dying shortly after transmission, raccoons can live full lives when carrying rabies.

This is an important fact to know if you were planning on managing a raccoon situation on your own. It’s critical to understand that a raccoon could be infected even if it isn’t acting strangely or frothing at the mouth. Getting bit by a raccoon is a serious situation.

This raccoon mating season, contact a wildlife removal company to evict the raccoon family from your home. Raccoon removal should only be done by professionals.


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