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Wildlife can sometimes become a problem on private lands. Permits are needed to remove some species. You can find information on different species below.
A resident landowner or tenant can legally capture these species of wild animals without a permit if:
The landowner/tenant also can designate another person to take that animal for them if:
Within 24 hours of capture, the person who takes the animal must release it or euthanize it. Animals that are released must be released on land in the county where it was captured. Furthermore, the landowner or property manager must give permission for the relase. These nuisance animals cannot be possessed for more than 24 hours and cannot be sold, traded, bartered or gifted.
If you want to trap or shoot the rabbits, you will need a permit from the DNR, or you will need to use those methods legal only during the open hunting season (firearms can only be used where legal). Live cage-traps (wire or wood) that are baited with dried apples or dry ear corn can be effective in capturing cottontail rabbits.
Landowners, or a person with written permission from a landowner, may take coyotes year-round on private property by snaring, trapping or shooting without a permit from the DNR. A landowner does not need a permit to take coyotes on his/her property by one of these methods, but a hunting or trapping license is required to hunt or trap coyotes on land other than your own. Be sure to check local ordinances before using any firearms.
These species can be captured or killed year-round without a permit or hunting or trapping license from the DNR, and there are no limits to the number that can be taken as long as the species is not endangered or a species of special concern in Indiana.
American crows, brown-headed cowbirds, common grackles, red-winged blackbirds and Brewer's blackbirds can be taken without a permit if the birds are committing or about to commit depredations upon ornamental or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock or wildlife, or are concentrated in numbers and in a manner that constitutes a health hazard or nuisance as provided under 50 CFR 16 (federal law). Be sure to check local ordinances prior to using pyrotechnics or firearms.
European starlings, rock (feral) pigeons (not including homing pigeons), monk parakeets and house sparrows can be taken without a permit at anytime. Be sure to check local ordinances prior to using pyrotechnics or firearms.