DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday that four teens were charged after they confessed to killing a raccoon.
DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins said the incident happened at Ledges State Park on Saturday night.
The boys, ranging in age from 15 to 18, were on a church youth group camping trip with the Third Reformed Church in Pella.
Investigators said the teens made a crude snare to trap a raccoon wandering near the campsite. They took a sapling tree and bent it all the way over, then put a rope in the middle with some bait. The animal walked into the trap and was caught in the rope.