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Hunting in Delaware: What You Should Know About Nuisance Animal Hunting in Cities and Suburbs

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 01:37 PM

Delaware allows for urban hunting in cities and towns to rid the area of nuisance animals. Opossums, gray squirrels and raccoons are considered nuisance animals in residential areas.

A 2010 survey found that 22 percent of Delaware residents, about 150,000 people, have had problems with nuisance animals, AmmoLand.com reported. Nuisance animals are attracted to garbage, pet food, gardens, and basically anything that provides them with a good food source. Not only can they cause property damage, they can also breed disease and spread infestations such as fleas and ticks, according to UnitedWildlife.com.

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If your property is sustaining damage from one of these animals, you are permitted to use lethal methods of control. You do not need a permit to hunt these nuisance animals, but your methods of control must follow state hunting guidelines. This includes not hunting at night and no poisoning of wildlife. Only live traps may be used without a depredation permit outside of currently established trapping seasons.

Trapping is considered to be the most favorable method of nuisance animal control with 75 percent of the state’s residents in support, according to Responsive Management.

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With limited options for firearm discharge in urban areas, trapping might be your only option to hunt nuisance animals. Firing a weapon in a residential area is not permitted. State law prohibits discharging a firearm from or within 15 yards of a public road or across a public road or right-of-way. It is also illegal to hunt within 100 yards of an occupied structure or drop shot on buildings or people.

Department of Natural Resource officials do not participate in trapping or killing nuisance animals. But the state allows for commercial nuisance removal. Operators of these businesses must be certified every five years by the state and hold a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator permit.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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