Raccoon hunting laws to change this summer

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 15, 2010 at 10:06 AM

BOISE -- 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 Game.

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.

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