Rabies: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Prevention - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Animals of Concern for Rabies

Species of concern for rabies:

  • Domestic animals:
    • Cat
    • Dog
    • Ferret
    • Alpaca
    • Cow
    • Donkey
    • Goat
    • Horse
    • Llama
    • Mule
    • Pig
    • Sheep
  • Wild animals, captive wild or hybrid animals
    • Badger
    • Bat
    • Bear
    • Beaver
    • Bison
    • Bobcat
    • Coyote
    • Deer
    • Elk
    • Ermine
    • Fisher
    • Fox
    • Lynx
    • Marten
    • Mink
    • Monkey
    • Moose
    • Mountain lion
    • Muskrat
    • Opossum
    • Otter
    • Porcupine
    • Puma/Cougar
    • Raccoon
    • Skunk
    • Weasel
    • Wolf
    • Wolf/dog hybrid
    • Wolverine
    • Woodchuck

Bites from these species are not a rabies concern in Minnesota*

  • All amphibians
  • All birds
  • All reptiles

  • Chipmunk
  • Gerbil
  • Gopher Guinea pig
  • Hamster
  • Hare
  • Hedgehog
  • Mole
  • Mouse
  • Rabbit
  • Rat
  • Shrew
  • Squirrel
  • Vole

*MDH strongly discourages testing small rodents or rabbits for rabies, but unique situations do occur in which testing may be justified.

Updated Wednesday, March 09, 2016 at 11:21AM