Trapping nuisance animals legally

Each state has its own rules and regulations on the trapping of nuisance animals. Maryland is no exception. There are plenty of animals that are considered a nuisance but some of the most common are raccoons and squirrels. Raccoons are one of the easier animals to safely trap should they invade your yard. Because raccoons can often carry the rabies virus, they should not be relocated when trapped alive. You should consult with officials on how to properly handle them. A permit is needed to trap raccoons on your land.

Squirrels are another nuisance animal that many residents seek to get rid of. They can get into your home and cause damages, such as chewing through electrical wires. It is important that you choose the right sized trap for the type of squirrel you’re trying to capture as too small of a trap can harm larger squirrels. Once you have trapped the squirrel, repair any openings that they could access and release the animal outside. You also need a permit to trap squirrels in the state of Maryland.

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Raccoons are relatively easy to catch in traps. A cage or box trap should be used in populated areas or if you have free-ranging pets in your neighborhood. Use a well-built trap that is at least 10-inches by 12-inches by  32-inches. Place the trap on a level area and make certain the area around it is free of items that a raccoon might grasp and pull to the trap.

Because raccoons often carry rabies, they should not be relocated when live-trapped. Some states do not allow relocation. Learn more

Summary: Raccoons are one of the easier animals to safely trap should they invade your yard. Maryland requires a permit to trap certain animals.

Using improperly sized traps for small squirrels can harm the squirrels and allow escape.

Remove other food sources to make your trapping effort more effective.

Set traps near den holes or along travel routes. Traps placed off the ground should be secured to something solid (e.g. tree branch) and be placed on plywood when on roofs to prevent shingle damage.

Bait traps with apple slices, cracked nuts, or peanut butter. Learn more

Summary: It is important that you choose the right sized trap for the type of squirrel you’re trying to capture as too small of a trap can harm larger squirrels. Once you have trapped the squirrel, repair any openings that they could access.