Mountwood Park Opened To Raccoon Hunting To Thin Numbers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Mega Location: Parkersburg on Nov 20, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    I am in awe that they will allow any hunting in the park when they can't even open the shooting range. When asking why it is closed or when it will reopen, I get answers such as drainage problems (what?!?!?) and "Sometime next week" which I guess means 'how many years?' I finally gave up asking.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2008 at 03:35 PM
    i agree there sould be no hunting in the park. its to do with the directer if the state wants to thin out the animals let the residents in that area hunt for free no fees or permits and no fines untill the right number gets killed. just have a check in and a fee for the station. and as for deer dunting in the park people live out through there and should not have to worry about gun fire on there way home. most travel through the park. and who the heck gave the state the right to charge a man to hunt and feed his family.
  • by Bill Location: north of Vienna on Nov 19, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    I hope they doubled the daily bag limit. They certainly need thinned out. Why would anyone want to trap and release this problem on someone else?
  • by Fred Location: North End on Nov 19, 2008 at 01:03 PM
    The park's failure to properly handle their trash is the real problem.
  • by Smilinatya Location: Parkersburg on Nov 19, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    Blah Blah Blah Anonymous!!! Tree hugging, animal rights idiot with no information to back it up!!! Get over yourself!!
  • by mindfield Location: PBURG on Nov 19, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    Thats long overdue. We camped out there 2 yrs ago and the raccoons we were besieged with at night was unbelieveable
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    I think that this is awful, why can't they be trapped and transported.
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