Bear Hunters: The 2015 bear season with dogs opens Saturday November 28.  All hunters must check the KDFWR homepage or call the Info Center at 1-800-858-1549  after 9:00 PM each day of the season to learn if the black bear quota was met.  For information about checking bears, click here.

Nuisance Wildlife

Conflicts between people and wildlife frequently occur in urban areas and farmlands. Homeowners experience damage to lawns and gardens from chipmunks, skunks, and raccoons. Squirrels and raccoons den in attics and barns. Farmers have problems with deer damaging agricultural crops and predation of livestock by coyotes or vultures. Beavers cause damage to timber and flooding of roads.

There are several options for landowners and farmers for resolving wildlife conflicts. Please click on a specific animal or refer to the General Nuisance Wildlife Control Options below.

General Nuisance Wildlife Control Options

Hire a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator

Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators are individuals who are permitted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Services to provide professional wildlife control assistance for a fee.  Find a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator in your area now.

If you are a current or prospective Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator, see detailed permit information.

Seek Assistance from a Fur Trapper

Landowners and farmers who have problems with furbearers (mink, muskrat, beaver, river otter, weasel, raccoon, opossum, gray fox, red fox, bobcat, coyote, or striped skunk) may request assistance from a fur trapper during the legal trapping season. Through this program, farmers and landowners benefit by solving nuisance problems at no cost and fur trappers benefit by gaining land access for trapping opportunities. Furbearer trapping season is open from mid-November to the end of February. Fur trappers are private individuals and are not employed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Services.

Landowners May Remove Wildlife or Designate an Individual to Assist

Per KRS 150.170, landowners may deal with nuisance wildlife through scare tactics, repellents, fencing and exclusion, or removal via shooting or trapping.  Contact a KDFWR Law Enforcement Officer or Wildlife Biologist in your area for assistance.

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