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State Laws About Trapping and Relocating Wildlife

Troubled by wildlife on your property? Before you take any measures to rid yourself of the nuisance pests, you need to understand that there are laws that govern wildlife trapping and relocation.

Requirements to Be a Licensed Trapper

California law requires that animal trapping be carried out by entities authorized to do so by the state. That’s why, whenever you enlist the help of a wildlife trapping company, make sure they’re licensed to do so.

To be licensed as a wildlife trapper, one must take a written examination designed to test the applicant’s knowledge of the California Laws and Regulations on trapping. It also tests the applicant’s knowledge of the natural history of California fur-bearing and non-game mammal species that are legal to trap.

Laws About Wildlife Relocation

So, what do the wildlife laws in California say about wildlife relocation? In 2019, California became the first state to enact a law that makes commercial fur trapping illegal. However, trapping is still legal for pest control and public health safety. When it comes to trapping for these purposes, there are also laws for that as well. Here are the top ones:

  • Every trap used must bear a trap number issued by and registered with the state department.
  • Trapping without said number is illegal.
  • Relocation of trapped animals is illegal. Any animal found in a trap must be released on the spot.
  • Relocation of trapped animals is only permissible after obtaining written permission from the state.
  • The trapper or a designated person must visit all traps every 24-hours. All animals found in the traps must be released.

Ignorance of these laws could lead to both the trapper and you as their client being in trouble with the law. That’s why you must only work with licensed trappers who know the law.

If you’re being troubled by wildlife and need professional help, call us at (310) 551-0901 for our wildlife relocation services. We’ll be glad to help.