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King criticized for shooting "rabid" raccoon near NW Iowa home

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SIOUX CITY, IOwa (KTIV) - Western Iowa congressman Steve King faces criticism from an animal rights organization after he apparently shot a raccoon at his Kiron home, last week.

King acknowledged the incident on his Twitter account back on February 9th saying, "Mid-day, mid-blizzard, 15-degrees... crazy raccoon chewing and clawing his way into my house. Desert Eagle 1, crazy raccoon zero."

King told "Roll Call" that his wife was the first to spot the raccoon, which he claims was "rabid". It vanished... only to return while King was on a conference call in his living room. King grabbed his Desert Eagle, which is a semi-automatic handgun, and shot the animal.

Tuesday, "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" weighed in telling King to quote "pick on someone his own size, not a small animal seeking warmth in a blizzard."

King insists he doesn't hate animals... adding he "appreciates the wildlife" he often sees on his property.

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