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Board of Game and Inland Fisheries

Game: Raccoon [4 VAC 15 ‑ 210]
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Chapter Information
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
This regulation enables the agency and the citizens to manage raccoon populations to control impacts to the human health, safety and livelihood of the people of Virginia. By allowing for the harvest and population control of a high-risk rabies species like the raccoon, the Department is providing for human health by reducing the chance for human/raccoon interaction. The regulation provides for the protection of personal property by allowing the control of raccoons which may adversely affect real estate values or directly damage property. The regulation also enables the agency to efficiently and economically accomplish the important governmental function of natural resources management by enabling the citizens to participate in hunting and trapping seasons. These activities provide recreational opportunity and stimulate the economic development of the Commonwealth.
State Authority § 29.1-103 Code of Virginia . Powers and duties of the Board . § 29.1-501. Promulgation of regulations; publication of proposed regulations or change therein; validation; evidentiary nature of publication . § 29.1-510. Big game; small game . § § 29.
Federal Authority n/a
Exempt from APA Yes, changes to this chapter of the VA Administrative Code are exempt from the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To maintain optimum populations of raccoon to serve the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
To allow the reasonable use of the raccoon resource by the public while maintaining healthy populations of the species.
To provide opportunity for all to enjoy hunting and trapping raccoon, watching wildlife, and related outdoor recreation.
To promote safety in connection with hunting and trapping raccoon.
Meetings See all meetings (7) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Frances Boswell  
Address: 4016 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
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Telephone: (804)367-9149    FAX: (804)367-0405    TDD: ()-
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