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Please allow four weeks to process your permit. If after four weeks you still have not received your permit, please call 800-858-1549.
Testing for new NWCOs is now administered by the National Wildlife Control Training Program. The Department requires new NWCOs to pass the Kentucky specific National Wildlife Control Training Program.
A Commercial Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO) permit authorizes a person to take and transport specified wildlife at any time for commercial nuisance wildlife control purposes.
A permitted NWCO is
not required to possess a valid trapping or hunting license unless they will sell the pelts of furbearers taken during an open season.
A NWCO shall not take the following species without prior authorization from the commissioner:
Commercial Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator permits are valid from March 1st through the last day of February the following year.
To obtain the Commercial Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator permit, a person shall:
For business purposes, primary permittees may indicate partners or employees as sub-permittees on a single permit application; this allows for the submission of a single application, annual fee, and annual activity report per business each year. Importantly, sub-permittees must still pass the National Wildlife Control Training Program prior to being added to a permit.
301 KAR 3:120. Commercial nuisance wildlife control
Commercial Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators shall file an
Annual Activity Report with the Department of the previous year’s activity.