Shooting/Trapping Predators Laws

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NamahKatana, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. NamahKatana

    NamahKatana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2011
    Not sure if this is the right place but I need your guys help on figureing out a few things. So we're moving to a place with cougers, coyotes,raccoons, and others. I want to be able to protect my flock in neccisary and wanted to see if you guys could help me find any laws on shooting/trapping animals that are/could be a threat on my property. i looked but couldn't find anything. Could be I just didn't see it or am not looking in the right place. I'm near Dallas Oregon in Polk County.

    and just cause my flock(will be adding more ducks,chickens, and possibly geese when we move)
  2. JenellYB

    JenellYB Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should be able to find online your state wildlife management department, as state office of US Fish and Wildlife. State or county ag extension offices generally have predator control info for livestock owners.
    Some of the species you mention are protected, others regulated as game species. You comment "shooting/trapping animals that are or could be a threat.." Proceed carefully here! Both legally and ethically, remember, you are moving into an area you known inhabited by wildlife, many protected or regulated species. Those species should not be automatically shot or trapped on "could be" a threat, ie, just because they are there. Those species are a public resource, and it is usually not ok to trap or shoot without involving wildlife authorites even if they are preying on livestock or otherwise damaging property, such as crops, or without a specific hunting permit.
    Best FIRST step is researching predator proofing/discouragement for the type animals you will be keeping, I assume here, chickens.
  3. JEF3268

    JEF3268 Official BYC Community Sponsor

    Jan 11, 2008
    It's really best to predator proof your flock with some form of electric fencing or coop. You can trap the predators but others will keep coming. Generally it's the last resort. Google the states game n fish laws like the other poster recommend if you have to trap. Good luck.
  4. DCasper

    DCasper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2012
    Benton, KY
    Be careful and predator proof the coop and run.
  5. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012
    Contact your county and find out if there is an agricultural extension office. They should have the answers for you. Or your county officials might be able to tell you what the laws are in your area.

    As people have mentioned, the best protection is to have a secure coop for your birds. Most of the predators come around at night. If you allow the birds to free range during the day, you might want to have a dog that is trained not to chase chickens. A good dog will keep away most predators.

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