Raccoon with Rabies: Symptoms & Behavior of a Rabid Raccoon

Raccoons are one of the most common animal carriers of rabies. Therefore, in some states, they are classified as RVS (Rabies Vector Species) that means; they can carry and transmit rabies.

A rabid raccoon can be dangerous to humans and pets. The biggest risk is that they can transmit it to a pet, another wild animal, or even to humans also. Therefore, make sure your pet is vaccinated.

In this article, you’ll read about the following things.

What are the symptoms of a rabid raccoon?

Behavior of Raccoon with Rabies

& What to do if you see a rabid rodent?

So, let’s find out the answer to these common questions.

Signs of Raccoon with rabies

Rabid Raccoon Symptoms

If a raccoon has rabies, then you can notice partial or all of these signs.

  1. If the raccoon seems partially paralyzed, or sick. Looks like, it’s getting difficulty in walking.
  2. They make crazy noises which you will not notice if you see a healthy raccoon in a normal behavior.
  3. If you’re close enough to see, there will be foaming at the mouth. But, if you’re close enough, make the distance!
  4. A rabid raccoon looks confused and slow. Walking in circles and you’ll see the movements having no purpose. A healthy one does things purposefully and stays alert. But, these things will be missing in a raccoon having rabies.
  5. Just looks sick. They can have a variety of diseases, but whether the animal is infected with rabies or with any other diseases, don’t get into contact with it.
  6. Looks like it’s drunk.
  7. The fur on the face appears tangled and wet.
  8. It seems to be unaware of the environment and doesn’t look like alert.
  9. There will be unexplained aggression and lethargy, like without purpose.

How to Tell If a Raccoon has Rabies?

Rabid Raccoon behavior

Generally, they do their activities at night. Therefore, if people saw them in the daytime, then they suspect that it may have rabies.

But, this is not true. There can be many reasons why a raccoon is out in the day. Maybe the mama is searching food for her children or it’s searching for a new home.

But, if you see the animal is producing unusual noises, seems sick and paralyzed, having wet fur, and aggressive behavior, then the raccoon may have rabies.

 Behavior of Rabid Raccoon

If the raccoon has rabies, then the behavior will change.

  1. It’ll be sick & confused.
  2. It’ll become aggressive.
  3. It’ll produce crazy noises.
  4. It’ll behave like, it’s drunk.
  5. Alertness of the raccoon will decrease.

What to do if you see a rabid raccoon?

If you see a raccoon having rabies, then try to make the distance. Do not come in contact with that rabid animal. Call the nearest Animal Care & Control Team and tell about the behavior of the animal.

If you or your pet animal gets into contact with a raccoon having strange behavior, then don’t take it lightly. Reach to a doctor as soon as possible. According to WHO, annually 60,000 people die due to rabies. So, be careful.

To protect your family and pets from these rabid rodents, make sure you do all the arrangements to make the distance and repel raccoons from your yard.

Have you encountered any infected rodent? What did you notice?

Dinesh Kumar
Hello, I'm Dinesh. I have 4 years of experience in dealing with pests. I try to provide you the best information that'll help you to make the pest control process easy & affordable. In recent years, I've helped hundreds of homeowners to protect their home from pests like bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, house flies, snakes, rats and other pests.


  1. Last night my dog came across a raccoon in the swamp near our house I washed my dog and found no wounds from the coon on him only a line that looked like it my be a scratch but it wasn’t bleeding and I did not find any blood on him. I know that they fought each other. And we haven’t seen any animals around our area showing any signs of any infections. Should I really worry about him having rabies.

    1. If raccoon is responsible for that scratch, then definitely you should worry. Usually, claws do not carry the virus, but we can’t be sure. I will suggest you to take your dog to the clinic. There are fewer chances of rabies, but it is a deadly disease, so don’t take it lightly and visit a dog clinic as soon as possible.

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