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Nuisance Wildlife
Nuisance Wildlife

Beaver, coyote, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, squirrel, striped skunk and nongame wildlife other than migratory birds and endangered species that are causing damage to personal property may be taken during daylight hours or trapped the entire year. Rodenticides may be used to control mice and rats, but poisons or chemicals may not be used to kill any other animal. English sparrows, blackbirds, starlings and crows committing damage to agriculture crops and personal property may be taken without a permit.

A Depredation Permit is required to trap nuisance game animals other than beaver, coyote, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, squirrel, and striped skunk outside of the trapping season. A Depredation Permit is required to shoot any nuisance wildlife at night. Landowners or their designees with Depredation Permits may use any trapping method legal for use in the fur-trapping season. Conibear or comparable body-gripping traps with jaw spreads of up to 10 inches may be used inside buildings. Cage-style live traps may be used. Traps set in the outdoors must be marked in accordance with Code 10.07. Firearms may be used at day or night if specifically approved by the Commission employee issuing the Depredation Permit. Depredation Permits may be obtained from Commission Wildlife Officers or Wildlife Biologists. Please contact your nearest regioinal office for more information.

Live traps: Nuisance animals, other than bear or alligator, may also be removed by landowners (or their designees) at any time without a Depredation Permit with the use of live traps. Trapping in towns must be in compliance with municipal ordinances. Live-trapped wildlife must be released unharmed outside the municipality’s boundaries within 24 hours. Live traps must have the trapper’s name and address or his vehicle operator ’s license number or the current vehicle license number registered to the trap user.

In our continuing effort to help you manage those animals that may be troublesome, we have created a list of publications and websites that may provide information for your particular problem.

Community Nuisance Wildlife Control

Publications

How to Control Specific Nuisance Wildlife Problems

Armadillo

Publications

Websites


Bats

Publications

Websites


Bear

Publications


Beaver

Publications

Websites


Cormorants

Publications


Coyote

Publications

Websites


Deer

Publications


Geese

Publications


Mice

Websites


Moles

Publications


Pig, Feral (Invasive)

Publications

Websites

Raccoon

Websites


Skunks

Publications


Woodpeckers

Websites

I Want to Hire Someone to Solve My Nuisance Wildlife Problems

Publications

Websites

Nuisance Wildlife Resources

Publications

Websites