Wildlife Problems

Encountering wild animals usually fills people with excitement and wonder. However, there are times when being face-to-face with nature poses a new set of problems. Below, we have provided links to information on how to deal with nuisance wildlife and sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

To report nuisance, injured or sick wildlife, call toll-free in Maryland: 1-877-463-6497

Operators are available from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except State holidays.


Nuisance Wildlife

Sometimes, it is necessary to learn how to prevent frequent visits by wildlife to your home or neighborhood. It may even become necessary to remove Nuisance Wildlife from your property. To find out about safe and legal ways to deal with these problem animals or to locate individuals or companies who are licensed by the Wildlife & Heritage Service to handle wildlife complaints, please call 1-877-463-6497, visit http://wildlifehelp.org or refer to linked list below.

Maryland Licensed Wildlife Damage Control Operators
Listed by County

Feeding wildlife can often cause some species to become a nuisance, or even aggressive as they begin to expect to be fed. Please refer to our page on some problems with feeding wildlife. Links in the sidebar provide more information on what to do with certain nuisance wildlife species.

Racoon eating trash out of dumped over trash can.Please note: Homeowners are strictly prohibited from trapping and shooting wildlife outside regulated seasons, unless the animal has been actively causing property damage or is an obvious threat to public health and safety. If this course of action is taken under such circumstances, you must still comply with state trapping laws and local firearms restrictions. When necessary, landowner trapping permits may be obtained by calling 1-877-463-6497.

Relocation of rabies-vector species (raccoon, skunk, and fox) is prohibited under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 08.03.15.24. This restriction is necessary to prevent human-assisted spread of this disease and is an important component of the state’s nuisance wildlife control program.


Sick, Injured, or Orphaned Wildlife

In Maryland, Wildlife Rehabilitators are volunteers, licensed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service to care for orphaned, sick, or injured wildlife until they can be released safely into the wild. An unlicensed citizen may NOT attempt to rehabilitate an animal on their own. This is legislated through COMAR 08.03.12. To find a rehabilitator near you, then please refer to the linked list below.

Maryland Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators
Listed by County

Deer with a jar over it's head.If you think you have found a sick or injured animal, then please visit our page on Sick and Injured Wildlife to assess the situation.

If you think you have found an orphaned wild animal, then please visit our page on Rescuing Young Wildlife to assess the situation.

For a list of licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators near your home or business, please call Wildlife Services toll-free at 1-877-463-6497, or refer to the Quick List on the DNR Internet.


Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Role

Unfortunately, the Maryland Department of Natural Resource’s Wildlife and Heritage Service (WHS) does not have the staff or resources to respond to every injured or distressed wildlife report. WHS also does not rehabilitate wildlife, but they do administer permits for those interested in becoming licensed. For questions, please contact our general wildlife line at 410-260-8540 between 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Acknowledgements:

  • Raccoon in trash by Alexa Clark, Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0
  • “Bubble” deer by Maryland Department of Natural Resources

For more information, please contact:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife and Heritage Service
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
Annapolis MD 21401
410-260-8540
Toll-free in Maryland: 1-877-620-8DNR, Ext. 8540