Mountwood Park Opened To Raccoon Hunting To Thin Numbers

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Volcano, W.Va. (AP) -- A Wood County park has been opened to raccoon hunting to thin a growing population of the nocturnal animals.

The Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously voted Monday to allowing raccoon hunting at Mountwood Park.

Board members cited concerns about rabies and said the animals have become a problem at the park.

Park Director Carla Knapp said raccoons frequently target trash cans in the core park area.

Hunters must obtain a special permit to hunt on the park grounds and are required to have a state hunting permit.

West Virginia's raccoon season runs through Feb. 28.

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