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MDNR Wildlife Damage and Nuisance Control Permits


May 7, 2020 - Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Division

This information circular is provided to inform permittees and interested applicants about the regulations concerning Wildlife Damage and Nuisance Control Permits. This circular is designed specifically to address the regulations and the concerns of commercial businesses, public nuisance animal control agencies, and non-profit nuisance animal control organizations. This circular is not intended to be a guide to wildlife damage control for individual landowners or other groups, nor does it cover aspects of wildlife damage control or wildlife management programs unrelated to the specific authority granted by the permits discussed herein.

Permittees will receive a current copy of this circular with permit renewal information. Updates will be provided if regulations change. Permittees are expected to know and understand the state regulations and any pertinent local regulations related to damage control methods (i.e., discharge of firearms, local building codes, etc.) and to act within those regulations. In addition, permittees are expected to conduct control operations in a professional manner so as to develop and foster public confidence in the integrity of wildlife damage and nuisance control.

Answers to questions not provided in this circular may be addressed to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Division Permit Specialist at 517-284-6210 or, or by contacting a DNR office listed in the back of this circular.


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