Raccoon Populations Have Quadrupled in the State

By Trish Svoboda

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks conducts an annual Roadside Index survey to provide the estimated populations of nuisance animals. The 2023 report showed an increase in raccoon populations in the state, seemingly quadrupling since 1980.

While raccoons are intelligent and resourceful animals, according to a release, their proximity to humans can lead to conflicts where control measures are necessary.

Kansas allows the removal of nuisance animals causing property damage, with a specific season for raccoon harvest. The use of pesticides to kill raccoons is illegal and unethical due to the risk of harm to humans and pets.

Humane trapping methods are recommended, and homeowners can take preventive measures such as securing trash containers and not feeding pets outdoors. Assistance for lethal control efforts is available through local trappers, hunters, and Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators (NWCOs).

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