New York DEC Information: Nuisance Wildlife Species
Nuisance Wildlife Species
Controlling Problems with Wildlife
Encounters with wildlife have become more numerous as a result of urban growth into an animal's natural habitat. Seeing an animal in the woods can be fun, but having a skunk under the porch or a woodchuck digging up your yard, is not. Information on the following pages are intended to help landowners find out how to prevent and control negative encounters with wildlife.
Resolve Wildlife Issues
Tips to Eliminate Wildlife Conflicts
Best practices for landowners to repel or control and prevent problems with unwanted animals.
Contact a Wildlife Control Operator
Find an expert near you to help with wildlife problems.
Remove or "Take" Nuisance Animals Legally
Identify if you need a permit or license to legally trap or shoot an animal on your own.
Common Problem Species
Use the links below to find information on specific wild animals that commonly cause issues at home or on your property and learn how to combat conflicts with them.
Other Helpful Resources
Feeding Wildlife: A Wrong Choice - find out why feeding wildlife does more harm than good for both you and wildlife.
The following links leave DEC website:
Dealing With Wildlife and the New York Laws That Protect Them - Become aware of laws that apply to nuisance wildlife and how they might affect your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan.
Beasts Begone! A Practitioner's Guide to IPM in Buildings - How to remove animals from a building, and prevent their entry.
Wildlife Control Information - numerous publications and links to help address wildlife conflicts.
Wildlifehelp.org - includes tools to figure out what type of wildlife is causing damage, solutions to prevent damage, and Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator registration.