Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division
M E M O R A N D U M
TO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Applicants
FROM: Special Permit Unit
SUBJECT: Permit for Handling Nuisance Wildlife
A Nuisance Wildlife Control permit, when issued by the Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), authorizes the permittee to live-trap, possess, transport, and release in suitable habitat certain nuisance wildlife.
In addition, the permittee is authorized, at his discretion, to euthanize certain nuisance animals and to transport non-endangered injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. With this authority comes the responsibility of handling this activity in a professional, humane manner out of the view of the public.
To apply for a Nuisance Wildlife Control permit, fill in your name, address, company name (if any), company business address, and Georgia Commercial Trapping License number in the appropriate blanks on the application. Return the completed application to the address shown above.
After completing and submitting an application you must score at least 80% on the Nuisance Wildlife Control Exam administered by the Department of Natural Resources. Persons intending to take the examination should review the animal damage control literature and applicable regulations. If a passing score is not made on the exam, it may be taken again after 30 days.
The exam may be taken any day, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., with a previous appointment, at the DNR Special Permit Unit office in Social Circle at the above address. If you live some distance from Social Circle, it is possible to arrange to take the exam at one of our field offices. However, do not submit the completed application form to the field office. If you need to make special arrangements, please call the Special Permit Unit at (770) 761-3044.
It is important to remember that you may not conduct Nuisance Wildlife Control activities until you have obtained a permit. Conducting nuisance wildlife control activities without said permit would be a violation of Georgia law and could result in a citation and/or denial of a Nuisance Wildlife Control Permit.
Resident Commercial Trapping License: $30
Non-Resident Commercial Trapping License: $295
Nuisance Wildlife Control Permit: N/A
Title 27. Game and Fish.
Look at the following:
391-4-2-.12 Department of Natural Resources
Trapping, also look at: 391-4-2-.16 Possession of Non-game Non-protected Wildlife. Amended
Georgia Trapping Regulations
Nuisance Wildlife Control Permit Application
Current Georgia Nuisance Wildlife Trappers
Species Accounts of Protected Animals
Georgia Animals & Plants
Taking Nuisance Wildlife
Hunting License Information (for trapping license)
Application for Commercial Licenses – Resident Commercial Trapping
Game Management Section
2065 U.S. Highway 278 S.E.
Social Circle, GA 30025-4743
§ 27-3-63. General offenses and penalties
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to:
(4) Trap any wildlife by the use of any trap or other device which is not legibly etched, stamped, or tagged by affixing a stamped metal tag showing the owner's permanent trapper's identification number as provided by the department or the owner's name. In the event that a trap or other device etched or stamped with the owner's permanent trapper's identification number or name is being used in the field by another, such trap or device must have attached to it a stamped metal tag with the user's permanent trapper's identification number or name. Any trap or other device found in use in the field which is not etched, stamped, or tagged as required by this paragraph may be confiscated and destroyed by the department through its officers and conservation rangers;
The permittee is authorized to possess for less than 72 hours, to transport and liberate in suitable habitat, nonendangered nuisance wildlife that has been live-trapped in and around buildings or in other nuisance situations in Georgia. The permittee will release apparently healthy animals into areas remote enough that nuisance problems are unlikely to recur.
At any time when nuisance animals with dependent young are encountered, permittee is required to make all reasonable efforts to remove young with the adult(s).
The permittee must maintain records of all wildlife trapped, to include: date, species, county, disposition and relocation site. The permittee must submit an annual report of such records by January 31 of the next year to dnr’s special permit unit.