Raccoon Hunting: Do They Prey on Rabbits?


Raccoons and rabbits are both common animals found in North America. While raccoons are known for their mischievous nature and nocturnal habits, rabbits are popular as pets and also hunted for meat. But have you ever wondered if raccoons hunt rabbits? In this blog post, we will dive into the world of these two creatures to answer this question.

Raccoon Diet

Raccoons have an omnivorous diet, which means they eat both plants and animals. Their favorite food includes nuts, fruits, insects, small rodents such as mice or rats, fish from streams or ponds but not limited to these foods only. Raccoons also eat eggs from bird nests that they can climb up trees to reach them easily.

Rabbit Population Control

The rabbit population is regulated naturally by predators such as hawks, foxes coyotes & even some domesticated cats or dogs. However it’s important to note that humans also contribute towards controlling the rabbit population whether through hunting them for sport/food purposes or using chemicals on crops that affect their habitat.

Do Racoons Hunt Rabbits?

Yes! Racoon’s predatory behavior is not limited to only smaller prey items like rodents but sometimes larger ones too including young rabbits who may stumble upon a raccoon when scavenging around fields at night. Raccoons don’t actively hunt down adult rabbits (with the exception of rare cases where the animal is weakened/injured).


In conclusion, we have learned that raccoons do indeed hunt rabbits on occasion although it’s not a primary food source for these creatures since generally there are easier meals available nearby; however if given a chance -they wouldn’t hesitate grabbing one! As with any wild animal there can be unpredictability with how they act so it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings when you’re out in nature.