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Wildlife Control

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a toll-free Wildlife Damage Hotline in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture. Hotline staff provide residents with information on how to make their household environment less appealing to wildlife intruders. DNR also licenses wildlife removal specialists, rescue rehabilitators and all trapping activities in the state. A DNR permit is required by law to trap nuisance wildlife. For further information call 1-877-463-6497.

Landowner Wildlife Trapping Permit

It is generally illegal to trap raccoons, foxes, squirrels, opossums, skunks, deer, rabbits, snakes and most birds, unless the landowner has obtained a valid permit from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

To obtain a landowner wildlife trapping permit call the USDA at 1-877-463-6497.

Feral Cats

If you are seeing unowned or feral cats in your neighborhood, contact Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS). BCAS offers a free Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program that focuses on effectively and humanely reducing the number of community cats living on our streets.


Revised December 12, 2017         


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