What Do Raccoons Sound Like When They Fight

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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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

23 Answers

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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Today’s Musings

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.

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How Do Raccoons Defend Themselves?

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The raccoon (Procyon lotor) is a meek creature that is prevalent all over both North and Central Americas — from Canada and the United States to El Salvador and Belize. These furry and rotund mammals live in all sorts of different environments — think quiet woods, prairies, bustling urban parks, residential areas and marshes. Although raccoons usually aren’t interested in starting problems with people, they do defend themselves when they feel the need.

About Raccoons

Raccoons are not particularly aggressive creatures. They usually possess tame temperaments and are typically seen foraging for sustenance during the nighttime — oftentimes amidst heaps of trash. They just aren’t picky diners. Although raccoons do not generally go out of their way to be aggressive or defensive around human beings, attacks are indeed a possibility, albeit rare. These sturdy animals tend to weigh anywhere between 4 and 23 pounds. Their bodies are usually between 23.75 and 37.5 inches long.

Vocalization

When raccoons are in frightening situations, they often respond by vocalizing defensively. They produce a lot of defensive sounds, including barking, hissing, screaming, shrieking and growling. Their growling has a guttural quality to it. When they make these sounds, their teeth are usually prominently visible, as well — another «warning» defensive display.

Body Language

If a raccoon feels the need to defend himself by physically attacking, he’ll probably provide several body language hints before he goes into full fight mode. Some defensive clues to look out for are the fur sticking up straight into the air, thrashing of the tail, elevated tail, rounded back and pressed down ears. When a raccoon is scared or getting ready to protect himself, you may observe all of those defensive bodily responses. They also often leap up and down repeatedly in these types of situations. When raccoons stick their fur up, it is their way of trying to look bigger, and therefore more intimidating.

Attack Mode

If a raccoon feels like he has no way to exit a situation, he may resort to attacking a human being or domestic animal such as a cat or dog. Raccoon bites, like all animal bites, can be extremely hazardous, and can sometimes even bring upon fatal diseases such as rabies. In the event of any raccoon attack, urgent and immediate medical assistance is of the essence — no time to wait around.

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