Nuisance Wildlife


Many wild animals in Indiana have become displaced as the result of urban growth and habitat loss. Species such as raccoons, opossums coyotes and red foxes are becoming more common in urban areas and are frequently seen by people. These animals can cause problems when they use a person’s attic for shelter, destroy shingles or eat garbage.

Due to the large volume of wildlife conflicts in Indiana, the DNR is unable to help remove wild animals. However, you can find solutions below.

Rule proposal

There is a rule proposal being considered by the Natural Resources Commission that would require nuisance wild animal control operators to euthanize raccoons, coyotes and opossums that they capture under nuisance wild animal control permits.

Get help

Got nuisance waterfowl? A CD with management techniques is available to landowners and associations. Contact a District Wildlife Biologist for a copy.

Dealing with problem wildlife yourself

A resident landowner or tenant can legally capture some species of wild animals without a permit if the animal is discovered damaging property. Specific species information can be found below. If the animal is going to be released after it is caught, it must be released in the county of capture with permission from the landowner.

Learn about an animal species




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