Nuisance wildlife is wildlife that...
- causes (or is about to cause) property damage,
- presents a threat to public safety, or
- causes an annoyance within, under or upon a building.
Before removing an animal, please visit our Wildlife Assistance website for help in understanding the laws protecting wildlife and your options for resolving the problem. Anyone transporting or possessing live venomous reptiles is required to have a captive wildlife permit.
A FWC permit is required for take of any state listed species or any bird species protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).
Specific permit requirements are explained below.
Gun/Light at Night Permit
This permit authorizes a landowner or their designee to take depredating wildlife (beaver, bobcat, fox, possum, rabbit, raccoon, otter, skunk or nutria) at night with a gun and light. The permit is not required to take wild hog, coyote, armadillo, black or Norway rat, and house mouse, with a gun and light during non-daylight hours. Under special restrictions, authorizes harassment (scaring) deer causing damage to crops with a gun and light at night.
Depredating Deer Permit
This permit authorizes the killing of deer that are causing extreme damage to a crop where a Gun and Light at Night Permit is not eliminating the depredation or is not feasible. Contact your local FWC regional office to request a Depredating Deer permit for temporary relief.
Steel Trap Permit
This permit authorizes the holder to use padded jaw steel traps for the purpose of taking destructive coyotes, fox, bobcats, beaver, and otter.
Protected Wildlife and Bird Permits
Protected fish and wildlife include those species listed as endangered, threatened or species of special concern. Also included are migratory birds and other species protected by FWC rules. FWC rules prohibit activities that may have a negative effect on protected fish and wildlife without a permit.
Mallard Control Permit
This permit authorizes a person in possession of a copy of the Federal permit to lethally control and trap feral mallards from May 1 through August 31 annually and to destroy nests and eggs of feral mallards year-round. This is not a hunting license.
Canada Goose Depredation Permit
This permit authorizes landowners (and their employees and agents) to take birds and nests to reduce depredation to commercial agricultural operations. It is the permit holder's responsibility to understand and adhere to all provisions set forth in the permit.
Wild Hog Trappers
Hunting and trapping wild hogs is not only a popular sport in Florida but a useful tool in man's attempt to control feral populations on private and state lands. Nuisance wildlife trappers that want to shoot or trap feral swine on private lands do not need FWC authorization. Permission of the landowner is all that is required. A permit is not required to take wild hog with a gun and light during non-daylight hours.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS) requires individuals trapping feral swine in Florida to register with DOACS as a Feral Swine Dealer (FSD).
Nuisance Wildlife Trappers - Businesses
The FWC does not license nuisance wildlife trappers. Nuisance wildlife trappers may voluntarily register to have their name and contact information added to the Wildlife Trapper List. Persons contacting FWC looking for help with nuisance wildlife are directed to the wildlife trapper list.
Nuisance Python Trappers