To the Editor:

(Lakeport, NY – Feb. 2013) Gretchen Maine of Waterville asks how to deal with a “potentially rabid raccoon” without a gun? Simple: leave the critter alone, walk back out of the barn and call animal control. Further, has she the professional training to know how to diagnose a case of rabies just by looking?

I seem to recall there’s state laws regarding harassment of wildlife; is she absolutely certain her taking a gun out to the barn and blasting away was legal … or wise? What would she have said to a neighbor who happened to notice a stray bullet crashing through a child’s window? Hmmm?

Bill Mayers, Lakeport

By martha

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