Bobcats removed as pests must be killed per the new FWC rule

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Nuisance Wildlife Rules:

Read the definition and rules below to understand what you can and cannot do:

Clarification of new rules changes:

Information for Nuisance Wildlife Trappers:

At the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Meeting of February 6, 2008, the Commissioners approved new rules related to nuisance wildlife that became effective July 1, 2008. See Rules above.

Some of the changes are:

  • Definition of  Nuisance Wildlife:
    • Wildlife that causes or is about to cause property damage, presents a threat to public safety, or wildlife causing an annoyance within, under or upon a building.
  • Removal of  Nuisance Wildlife Trapper registration:
    • As of July 1, 2008 Nuisance Wildlife Trappers will no longer be required to register with FWC and will not be required to have a copy of the registration document with them when trapping nuisance wildlife.
  • Bat removal requirements
    • Bats may not be taken as nuisance wildlife except that bats may be taken either when:
      • That take is incidental to the use of an exclusion device, a device which allows escape from and blocks re-entry into a roost site located within a structure (including chemical repellants), at any time from August 15 to April 15 or
      • That take is incidental to permanent repairs which prohibit the egress of bats from a roost site located within a structure provided an exclusion device as described in sub-subparagraph a. above is used for a minimum of four consecutive days/nights for which the low temperature is forecasted by the U.S. National Weather Service to remain above 50° F prior to repairs and during the time-period specified.
  • Relocation and Transportation of Nuisance Wildlife:
    • Live captured nuisance wildlife transported under authority of this section may be done only for the purpose of euthanizing the nuisance wildlife, provided any euthanasia shall be humane as defined by the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.
    • Euthanasia of reptiles or amphibians (nonvenomous, unprotected), mice, moles, rabbits, squirrels, or those species listed in subsection 68A-6.0022(2), F.A.C., is not required.
    • Non-native species can be kept in captivity or destroyed, but cannot be released.
    • Venomous species, Reptiles of Concern, and protected wildlife may only be captured and handled with a valid permit for that purpose from FWC.
    • To transport live wild/feral hogs requires a permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  • Use of  Pesticides
    • Only those pesticides that are registered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services without additional authorizations and are only used in a manner consistent with the product labeling may be used.

Nuisance wildlife trappers wanting to work in, under, or upon buildings must be licensed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) as a pest control company.  Links to FDACS Bureau websites can be found on The Division of Agriculture and Environmental Services (AES) website:

For questions concerning regulation, certification and licensing of pest control companies, contact the:

Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control
Ph. 850-921-4177

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Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
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to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

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