Raccoons to be classified as predators come July 1



BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ For Idaho folks with a hankering to harvest
a raccoon, big changes are coming July 1.

That's when raccoons will be reclassified as predatory wildlife,
allowing them to be taken recreationally in any number _ and at any
time and manner not prohibited by other state or federal law.

Another bonus for people who really want to get a raccoon: The
new regulations set no bag limits.

In addition, wily ringtails can be hunted at night _ with an
artificial light _ without a permit from the Department of Fish and

But remember: An Idaho hunting or trapping license is required.

Another law that takes effect July 1 will allow raccoons, skunks
and other predatory wildlife captured while causing property damage
to be released on private lands _ provided there's written consent
from the landowner.

Previously, the law required most such animals be killed.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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