INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is proposing a rule that could lead to the deaths of thousands of raccoons, opossums and coyotes across the state.
The Indianapolis Star reports that the new rule would require animal control workers to euthanize any of the three animals if caught, instead of having the option to release them. Professionals currently make the call on releases, depending on various regulations.
The agency and some animal control businesses say the change could help prevent nuisance problems and the spread of disease, such as distemper and rabies.
But other industry workers, animal rehabilitators and wildlife groups say the rule is inhumane and would damage populations.
The agency proposed changes before the Natural Resources Commission, which is accepting public input until March 23. The commission will vote in May.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
- Indiana agency proposes new animal euthanizing rule
- Proposed legislation would create animal abuse registry in Indiana
- Richmond ‘no-kill’ shelter under fire after admitting to euthanizing 52 animals since 2012
- Bobcat hunting season, nuisance animal proposals turned away
- Proposal to update animal care regulations goes to committee
- Indiana lawmaker to propose sports betting legislation
- Indiana legislators dump proposed handgun licensing repeal
- Indiana DNR proposing bobcat hunting, trapping season
- Indiana official opposes 2 hunting, trapping proposals
- Indiana governor proposes increased security for elections