Is a Permit Necessary to Control Wildlife on the Farm?

Wildlife has indeed its own aesthetic and recreational value, however, they have the potential to cause damage to agricultural producers. Producers who may encounter damage to their crops can conduct lethal control but only after they have obtained the required permits. Using lethal control without proper permits is illegal and can be subject to state and federal penalties.

To scare or herd depredating migratory birds other than endangered species, no permit is required. There is also no federal permit needed to control red-winged blackbirds, cowbirds and crows. Games species, on the other hand, including bear, beaver, fox and deer are protected by state law and require a DNR permit for their removal. You can contact your local DNR office for more specific guidance.

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