Animal Live Trap


The Department rents out live traps to citizens for animals that are considered a nuisance. The Department of Natural Resources considers the following animals a nuisance:
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks*
  • Opossums
Please note: Woodchucks are now considered protected by the DNR. Any woodchucks caught in a trap must be released. Humane Officers will release woodchucks caught in live traps back onto the property where they were trapped.

*Although considered a nuisance animal, our Humane Officers will not handle skunk related calls or remove a skunk caught in a live trap. Please contact a pest control company for issues related to skunks.


Residents experiencing problems with the above animals may rent a live trap from the Department.  A $55 refundable deposit is required in order to use a live trap.

Disposal of Animal

If an animal is trapped, and a Humane Officer is available (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) they will destroy and dispose of the animal*.

If a Humane Officer is not working it is the responsibility of the complainant to dispose of the animal. The DNR
requires any animal trapped must be released or destroyed within 24 hours of capture. If you have any questions related

*Humane Officers are unable to remove skunks from live traps. Please contact a pest control company.


If you have any questions regarding Animal Control issues please contact a Humane Officer at (608)270-4300.