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Alabama Nuisance Animal Control
Nuisance animal-human conflicts have risen as Alabama’s human population has increased and developments encroach on what was once unbroken wildlife habitat. Sometimes the solution to an animal-human conflict requires the human to change his or her behavior. Other times, the solution is to change the animal's behavior. Various tools and strategies are used to reduce human-animal conflict, such as behavior modification, repellents, exclusion, habitat modification, relocation, lethal control etc.
SELF HELP RESOURCES
The Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management is an excellent resource that offers a wide variety of web-based self help resources. Individuals more inclined to solving their own problems will find the website very useful. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries was able to edit many chapters of a publication published by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln entitled “Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage” to ensure the content didn’t conflict with Alabama laws and regulations. Please download the respective chapters to obtain information regarding nuisance animal control in Alabama for the following species: alligator, armadillo, bats, beaver, black bear, Canada goose, chipmunks, coyote, crow, white-tailed deer, fox, hawks, opossum, owls, pocket gophers, rabbits, raccoon, river otter, skunks, tree squirrels, unprotected birds, vultures, wild pigs, and woodchucks.
Permits to address a variety of nuisance wildlife issues including crop damage and property damage permits are available by contacting the appropriate district office.
Alabama game and fish regulation 220-2-.27 allows for permits to take protected wildlife causing crop damage, property damage, or concern for human safety. A property owner or tenant is allowed to take one squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, beaver, or skunk per incident that is causing damage to said individual’s property without a permit.
PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE INFORMATION
The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries typically does not remove nuisance wildlife from private property unless public safety is at risk. Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators are permitted by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to remove nuisance wildlife at the landowner or tenants expense and have proven to be very effective. The list of permitted nuisance wildlife control operators is available by clicking on this link. The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries does not have regulatory authority over these individuals or businesses other than permitting them to “take” protected wildlife. Therefore, we can’t guarantee the quality of service although every reasonable effort is made to exclude disreputable individuals from the permitting process. We encourage you to visit http://icwdm.org/VendorsService to view tips on hiring a nuisance wildlife control operator.
Other useful links:
Alabama Trapper and Predator Control Association - - The ATPCA endeavors to preserve and promote trapping through trapper education and public awareness. Site includes a list of individuals willing to remove nuisance wildlife such as raccoons, opossums, beavers, and other furbearers.