RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly may be declaring open season on beavers, muskrats and raccoons, at least on private property.
The House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources this morning approved a bill (HB2099) allowing landowners to shoot or trap nuisance animals – such as muskrats, raccoons and beavers – on their property during closed season for hunting. Right now, they have to obtain a permit to get rid of animals that may be doing damage, said the bill’s patron, Del. Tony Wilt, R-Harrisonburg.
The proposal will “make it easier for homeowners to deal with animals causing problems,” said Bob Duncan, executive director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in support of the bill.
The measure would allow shooting of muskrats and raccoons and trapping of those animals and beavers.
– Kathy Adams, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot