Is It Legal for Me to Trap A Wild Animal?

There are quite a number of things that will make wild animals encroach on our land, compound, or home, and no matter the reason these animals can be a nuisance. Of course, as a homeowner, you will try to get rid of the animal in one way or another. However, the big question is the legalities involved in the entire process, including trapping the animals, relocations, and what you should do with the trapped animal. Generally, it is not illegal to trap a wild animal, but how you treat it afterwards can land you in trouble if you do not follow the laws of your area.

Some points to consider

If you reside in a state that has laws and regulations that control how to trap wild animals and what you should do with them, then be very careful to follow the laws to the letter.

• Determine how many days you should keep the animal in the cage and whether you will be providing food for it.
• Know how often you should check the trap and which institutions should you contact (if any) if any animal is successfully trapped.
• Find out where to release the wild animal (and this must be near the home range).
• Determine if the wild animal can be relocated or not, and if relocation is allowed, you must be sure about the specific regulations lest you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
• If the animal dies after you’ve trapped it (maybe because it was sick), then you should ensure that the carcass is disposed of according to stipulated guidelines.

What you should never forget

It is essential to understand that trapping wild animals is allowed in many states, but what vary are the rules that govern the entire process. In almost all cases, these guidelines will include the kind of traps you can use. This said, make it a point that you understand the law and work within the periphery of the guidelines at all times.

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