Trapping Wild Animals in FloridaWhen most people think of wild animal trapping, they likely imagine what they learned from watching cartoons: a cardboard box propped up by a stick with a string tied to it, some nuts placed underneath as bait, and a trapper hiding in the corner ready to yank the string when the critter scurries in. Unfortunately, real-world animal trapping isn’t quite as simple. Here are a few restrictions and regulations that amateur trappers must follow before setting up a wild animal trap. 

Prohibited Animal Trapping

In Florida, the following animals—whether nuisance or not—are protected from trapping and transportation: 

  • Black bears
  • Deer
  • Bats
  • Bobcats
  • Any bird protected by the Migratory Bird Act

Relocating Wild Animals

Wild animal relocation isn’t as clear cut and humane as you might expect. Most wildlife doesn’t survive relocation because they don’t know the area and can’t find enough food, water, or suitable shelter. The best move is to release them back into the wild; however, it is illegal the state of Florida to relocate wildlife on public land. You can only legally release trapped wild animals on your property or another property in the same county that’s at least 40 acres—and you need written permission from the property owner to do so.

Effective Exclusion Techniques 

Fortunately, there’s a simpler way to deal with your wild animal infestation. Instead of trapping and releasing invasive wildlife on your own, seal up all but one of the pests’ entry/exit points with a repeater trap to prevent its reentry. This method is called exclusion and such equipment avoids the hassle of dealing with bait or physically handling the animal—which can be dangerous to your personal safety.

Dangers of Wild Animal Self-Removal

Wild animals, especially rodents such as mice, rats, and squirrels, can transmit a variety of infectious diseases to humans through bites, scratches, and other forms of direct contact. To ensure your safety, it’s best to leave wild animal trapping to the professionals. Therefore, before attempting to trap a nuisance animal on your own, call a professional wildlife remover to get the job done. 

Professional Wild Animal Removal

The wildlife removal experts at Critter Control® of Lake County will put an end to your infestation by installing effective exclusion devices that will permanently rid your property of invasive pests. Our trained technicians will also safely clean, repair, and restore any remaining mess that the wild animals leave behind.

To get your property back to normal, schedule your free inspection today by calling us at 352-204-0074.


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