City of Pittsburgh Trapping Fewer Animals

City of Pittsburgh Trapping Fewer Animals

The old policy was to trap any animal that was spotted in city limits, especially those that caused complaints.  But city Animal Control doesn’t have an unlimited budget, so to save money they now only trap the animals that look or act sick.

This is not a policy change that is sitting well with some Pittsburgh residents, who’ve complained to their city council person.  The councilwoman, Darlene Harris, not surprisingly sides with her constituents.

One local news channel, Target 11, did some investigation and found that, in fact, Animal Control is true to its word.

The news station’s researchers discovered that in the last three years, about 1,400 raccoons were trapped in the city annually.  But in just the first six months of this year, only 213 of these ring-eyed critters have been captured.

Some residents complain that if they see an animal, especially a potentially dangerous one like a raccoon, they want it trapped.  Animal Control’s new policy doesn’t allow for that

Councilwoman Harris noted that her concern is that some residents have taken a vigilante stance against the animals.

“One of the councilmembers told me they are actually shooting the animals in her district, and we don’t need that in the city at all,” she said.

No word yet on whether the raccoons are shooting back.


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