(Des Moines, IA) -- New rules and laws this summer will make it easier for Iowans to get rid of raccoons.
Vince Evelsizer, Iowa Department of Natural Resources says raccoon populations have grown steadily over the last 30 years.
Within city limits, property owners need to check their local ordinances and try some deterrents.
Evelsizer suggests putting raccoon baffles on bird feeder posts, putting away pet food at night or putting an electric fence around sweet corn patches.
He says "In urban settings they should be familiar with the city ordinances that affect them and they should also get to know their city officials and find out if there is a wildlife control person or if there is not one they should contact a nuisance wildlife control operator."
He says if your city does not have a nuisance wildlife expert, the DNR has a list.
Outside of city limits, landowners do not need a license to shoot or trap a raccoon, and do not have to notify the DNR.
There are also new rules allowing for year-round hunting and trapping of raccoons on private land.
Within city limits, local ordinances still apply.