From the Daily News:
A trio of legislators frustrated with the city's response to increasing complaints about raccoons is hoping a change in law will do the trick.
State Sen. Tony Avella submitted a bill Monday that would force the city to pick up raccoons at the request of the public. It mirrors a city bill introduced last year by City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
And Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi successfully pushed through a bill recently that helps clarify the way raccoons are classified, making it easier to transport them under state law.
The city now only picks up raccoons that are considered dangerous, sick or hurt.
The bills submitted by Avella and Crowley also provide for humane relocation whenever possible. Because of rabies fears and logistics, many trapped raccoons are euthanized instead of released.
Wildlife experts have encouraged city residents to seal trash cans and crawlspaces so that raccoons find other places to call home.
Hey, here's an idea:
How about sending DSNY after the slobs that leave food out which attracts the raccoons? That way we can do something that actually may help to solve the problem and make money for the city. These creatures were here before us, they generally peacefully co-exist with us and trapping and relocating them is expensive and will just shift the problem elsewhere. People throwing chicken bones in their front yards, leaving out cans of cat food, etc...they are the real problem.