From the Daily News:
New Yorkers fed up with the antics of the city's furry masked bandits could get some relief under a bill that makes it easier to capture and release raccoons.
The bill, being unveiled today by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, requires the city to trap raccoons anywhere in the five boroughs simply at the request of the public.
And in a conciliatory nod to the raccoons, the city Health Department would be encouraged to humanely release the critters. Under current guidelines, most trapped raccoons are euthanized because they can carry rabies.
Wildlife experts encouraged New Yorkers to seal up their trash and leave healthy raccoons alone.
"You can't pick up and relocate every animal you see," said Bobby Horvath, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. "They are in the city, and you have to learn to live with them. They will have less contact with us if we don't invite them."
And where would they "humanely release" them? This is a city that sends more cops after a coyote than after a crook, gasses geese and traps raccoons, but lets winos crap on the sidewalk...
Animals have been living here long before we have - why do we act like this is some kind of an invasion? They adapted to us. Let's adapt to them and peacefully coexist. If you don't leave food out where they can get to it, they won't bother you.