Is It Legal to Poison Raccoons?

State and local laws change from state to state, but most areas do not allow poisoning as an option to get rid of raccoons. Most states, like Indiana, New York and Oklahoma, recommend removing food sources and den making areas before taking any steps to remove the raccoon, as noted by the government websites for those states.

There are other options to remove raccoons from property if they are causing damage. The animals are very curious, and trapping them humanely is the preferable option for removing them safely from property, notes the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. If someone is not sure how to trap the animal or is not comfortable with the removal, there are licensed wildlife removal companies that can be hired to remove them.