Jim Kenney has creative idea for dealing with Philadelphia’s raccoons

Philadelphia City Council is looking for a unique way to go after a critter that is getting bolder in the city.

Neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia say raccoons are becoming a major problem.  Councilman James Kenney said maybe an organized volunteer effort could be a help.

“We could try to attack the problem in one big effort, perhaps with some I don’t know if there is grant money available for a weekend roundup of raccoons,” said Kenney. “We’d have all the locations of where the problems are these folks would snag them take them somewhere and release or do whatever is humane.”

Pennsylvania’s Game Commission currently handles raccoons, and the city can not pass any bill to regulate the situation because state jurisdiction takes precedence. City officials are asking residents to keep garbage in securely covered cans. If you encounter one of the bandits, they suggest making loud noises to scare the animals away.

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