What Kills Rabbits at Night
Rabbits are active day and night, and they are often preyed upon by numerous animals and birds, including foxes, hawks and owls. The following is a list of potential predators of rabbits:
Predators of Rabbits at Night
- Hawks and Owls
- Weasels and Mink
Coyotes are one of the most common predators of rabbits at night. Coyotes are opportunistic hunters and will hunt during the night as well as during the day. They will also scavenge for food that has been left by other predators.
Foxes are also active during the night, and they are one of the most common predators of rabbits. Foxes are adept hunters that track and hunt rabbits, as well as scavenging for food left by other predators.
Hawks and owls are two of the main aerial predators of rabbits. These birds of prey use their sharp eyesight to swoop down and snatch up rabbits from the ground. They can hunt both day and night and are adept at hiding in the shadows.
Snakes are also an important predator of rabbits. They use their swiftness and camouflage to hunt rabbits, especially during the night.
Weasels and mink are two other predators of rabbits. They are small, agile animals that are adept hunters of small prey. Mink particularly have a reputation for taking rabbits, especially at night.
Cats and dogs are also potential predators of rabbits at night. Although they are usually domesticated and kept in the home, they may still instinctually seek out rabbits as prey.
Nocturnal predators such as coyotes, foxes, hawks, owls, snakes, weasels, mink and cats are all potential predators of rabbits at night. It is important to be mindful when allowing your rabbit to roam outdoors and watch for any signs of predators. If you suspect your rabbit is being hunted, take action and seek help from animal control or a wildlife rehabilitator.