Nuisance Wildlife Permits
What is Nuisance Wildlife?
Nuisance wildlife refers to an animal or animals exhibiting behavior 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 nuisance wildlife, please visit our Living with Wildlife website for help in understanding the laws protecting wildlife and your options for resolving the problem.
Various Nuisance Wildlife Permit Requirements
Anyone transporting or possessing live venomous reptiles is required to have a captive wildlife permit.
Anyone transporting or possessing live conditional reptiles is required to have a python removal permit.
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, this permit authorizes harassment (scaring) deer causing damage to crops with a gun and light at night.
Deer Depredation Permit
This permit authorizes the killing of deer that are causing damage to crops where less lethal means of control are either ineffective or not feasible. First time applicants requesting a Deer Depredation Permit or those with questions concerning this permit should contact their local FWC regional office.
Bear Depredation Permit
Bear Depredation Permits authorize the lethal take of black bears that are causing property damage where less-lethal means to control the damage are either ineffective or not feasible and the FWC is unable to capture and remove the bear.
Steel Trap Permit
Steel Trap permits authorize the holder to use padded jaw steel traps for the purpose of taking nuisance coyote, fox, bobcat, beaver, raccoon, opossum 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 a useful tool to control feral populations on private and state lands. 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 regulates intrastate movement of live feral hogs and requires individuals trapping feral swine in Florida to register with DOACS as a Feral Swine Dealer.