Excuse me, Mr. Squirrel. Would you mind leaving? — Proposed D.C. legislation outlines humane treatment for dealing with critters

Washington Post – October 21, 2009

According to the Washington Post “wild animals that roam city neighborhoods could soon have their own bill of rights.” Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) has introduced a bill that allows “lethal control” of raccoons, rabbits, bats and other wild animals “only when public safety is immediately threatened” or non-lethal methods have proven unsuccessful. The bill exempts “commensal rodents,” meaning homeowners and exterminators will still be able to use traps and poison to kill rats and mice and, as drafted, applies only to wildlife specialists and professional trappers. But, according to the Washington Post, Cheh plans to have it amended so that it also prevents homeowners from using inhumane tactics or traps. Click here to read the news article.

To download a copy of the bill, click here.