Animal Live Trap

Overview
The Department rents out live traps to citizens for animals that are considered a nuisance. The Department of Natural Resources considers the following animals a nuisance:
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks 
  • Opossums
Please note: Woodchucks are now considered protected by the DNR. Any woodchucks caught in a trap must be released. Humane Officers will release woodchucks caught in live traps back onto the property where they were trapped.

Rental
Residents experiencing problems with the above animals may rent a live trap from the Department.  A $55 refundable deposit is required in order to use a live trap.

Disposal of Animal
If an animal is trapped, and a Humane Officer is available (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) they will destroy and dispose of the animal.

If a Humane Officer is not working it is the responsibility of the complainant to dispose of the animal. The DNR
requires any animal trapped must be released or destroyed within 24 hours of capture. If you have any questions related

Questions
If you have any questions regarding Animal Control issues please contact a Humane Officer at (608)270-4300.