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Nuisance Wildlife

Beaver, coyote, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, squirrel, striped skunk and nongame wildlife other than migratory birds and endangered species that are causing damage to personal property may be taken during daylight hours or trapped the entire year. Rodenticides may be used to control mice and rats, but poisons or chemicals may not be used to kill any other animal. English sparrows, blackbirds, starlings and crows committing damage to agriculture crops and personal property may be taken without a permit.

A Depredation Permit is required to trap nuisance game animals other than beaver, coyote, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, squirrel, and striped skunk outside of the trapping season. A Depredation Permit is required to shoot any nuisance wildlife at night. Landowners or their designees with Depredation Permits may use any trapping method legal for use in the fur-trapping season. Conibear or comparable body-gripping traps with jaw spreads of up to 10 inches may be used inside buildings. Cage-style live traps may be used. Traps set in the outdoors must be marked in accordance with Code 10.07. Firearms may be used at day or night if specifically approved by the Commission employee issuing the Depredation Permit. Depredation Permits may be obtained from Commission Wildlife Officers or Wildlife Biologists. Please contact your nearest regioinal office for more information.

Live traps: Nuisance animals, other than bear or alligator, may also be removed by landowners (or their designees) at any time without a Depredation Permit with the use of live traps. Trapping in towns must be in compliance with municipal ordinances. Live-trapped wildlife must be released unharmed outside the municipality’s boundaries within 24 hours. Live traps must have the trapper’s name and address or his vehicle operator ’s license number or the current vehicle license number registered to the trap user.

In our continuing effort to help you manage those animals that may be troublesome, we have created a list of publications and websites that may provide information for your particular problem.

Community Nuisance Wildlife Control

Publications

Icon Community-Based Deer Management: A Practitioners' Guide (2.4 MB)

Icon Managing White-Tailed Deer in Suburban Environments: A Technical Guide (1.0 MB)

How to Control Specific Nuisance Wildlife Problems

Armadillo

Websites

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage


Bats

Publications

Icon Nuisance Bats (57.3 KB)

Icon Bats in and Around Your Home (462.0 KB)

Icon Nuisance Bat Control Presentation (5.9 MB)

Icon Nuisance Bat Control Operators (6.0 KB)

Websites

Instructional video on removing single bats from living areas of your home


Bear

Publications

Icon Encountering Black Bears in Arkansas (316.2 KB)


Beaver

Publications

Icon Beavers (667.2 KB)

Icon Beaver Damage Prevention and Control Methods (443.0 KB)

Icon Beavers and Their Control (424.7 KB)

Websites

Beaver Damage Control Techniques

Guidelines for Controlling Beavers and Preventing Roadside Damage

Avoiding Otter While Trapping Beaver and Raccoon


Cormorants

Publications

Icon The Double-crested cormorant: issues and management (1.8 MB)


Coyote

Publications

Icon Urban coyote problems (112.9 KB)

Websites

Urban Coyote Research


Deer

Websites

Kansas State Extension

Cornell Extension


Geese

Publications

Icon Controlling Damage by Giant Canada Geese (92.3 KB)


Mice

Websites

Controlling House Mice | University of Missouri Extension

Bait Stations for Controlling Rats and Mice | University of Missouri Extension


Moles

Publications

Icon Iowa State University Extension (408.3 KB)


Pig, Feral (Invasive)

Publications

Icon Feral Hog Corral Trap Plans (347.0 KB)

Icon Managing Wild Pigs (2.7 MB)

Icon Estimate of herpetofauna depredation by a population of wild pigs (100.1 KB)

Icon A Landowner's Guide for Wild Pig Management (5.3 MB)

Icon 2012 Annual State Summary Report | Wild Hog Working Group (1.9 MB)

Icon Feral Hogs | An Epidemic and Arkansas's Worst Invasive Pest (1.2 MB)

Icon 2015 Annual State Summary Report | Wild Hog Working Group (2.8 MB)

Websites

Mississippi State University Extension | Wild Pig Info


Raccoon

Websites

Managing Raccoon Problems | University of Missouri Extension


Skunks

Publications

Icon University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture (163.7 KB)


Woodpeckers

Websites

Woodpeckers: Damage, Prevention and Control

I Want to Hire Somebody to Solve My Nuisance Wildlife Problems

Publications

Icon Arkansas Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators (16.2 KB)

Websites

Arkansas Home Inspectors

Finding a Professional Wildlife Control Operator

Nuisance Wildlife Resources

Publications

Icon Rabies In Arkansas | Arkansas Dept. of Health (133.2 KB)

Websites

Wildlife and Wildlife Pests Publications | University of Missouri Extension

Kansas State University - Wildlife Management Library

Wildlife Control Technology Magazine

The Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management

USDA Wildlife Services Fact Sheets

USDA Wildlife Services Brochures

Dealing with Wildlife