INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Proposed amendments by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources could require animal control workers to euthanize raccoons, opossums, and coyotes, according to ABC-affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis.
The changes would alter the current policy of releasing these animals after capture. The NRC cites overpopulation and disease transmission as reasons for the amendment.
The previous "catch and release" system, according to a notice from the Indiana General Assembly, was creating more problems than it was solving. The regulations and permits necessary to release certain animals were difficult to obtain and limited resources caused issues for adjacent landowners.
The changes would also allow certain endangered animals, such as snakes that are known to be harmful to humans and other animals, to be euthanized.
Two public meetings will take place to discuss this and other wildlife issues before the Natural Resources Commission votes in May. The NRC is also accepting public comments through March 23.
If the vote passes, the changes will go into effect this fall.
For more information, visit the DNR website.
NRC Public Hearings:
March 14, 5:30pm
Spring Mill Inn in Mitchell, IN
March 22, 5:30pm
Mounds State Park in Anderson, IN