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Is It Legal For Me To Trap A Skunk?

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For those who realize that they have a skunk problem, whether the skunk is coming to a yard or garden or it has actually moved into a cavity beneath your property, there are a lot of things to think about before you start to try and trap the animal. It is important to know whether or not the steps that you will be taking to try and catch the skunk will be legal, and whether or not there are certain types of trapping or relocation that will be overstepping the line in terms of the law about trapping. If you are at all concerned with the process, then one good option is to hire a professional wildlife removal expert to carry out the work for you.



Where To Check The Regulations In Your State Or County

There are several different places where you can find out what you can and can't do in terms of trapping, but the best resource that you will have will be your local animal services department. They will do a whole lot more than just dealing with stray dogs, and they will be able to give you the exact situation about trapping and relocation of animals in your area. One of the most important factors to bear in mind is that because skunks tend to be larger animals, they will often have more protection than that which is provided to smaller animals such as rats and mice.

The Type Of Traps That You Will Be Using

One factor that can affect whether or not your trapping is legal will be the type of trap that you will be using, as those traps such as cage traps are generally more acceptable than snares and other traps that can be cruel. There may also be regulations that look at the frequency in which you will be checking on the trap, and whether or not there is any intentional or unintentional cruelty with the method that you are using to catch the skunk that is causing the problem.

Laws Regarding Relocation Of Pest Animals

While trapping is largely legal in the majority of areas, you may also run foul of local laws that relate to the relocation of pest animals such as skunks. Bear in mind that many areas prevent you from transporting animals more than just a short distance, and even if you can relocate the skunks, other areas may insist that you get the permission of the landowner before you relocate a pest animal. For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does skunk removal cost? - get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of skunks - my main skunk removal info guide.
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