Wildlife Damage Control
Nuisance Wildlife Damage Control is a program that is governed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. It is designed to help citizens find someone who is knowledgeable in wildlife damage control. For further information click here.
Site-specific assistance is available from any district wildlife biologist (DWB) or natural resources officer (NRO) from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). Permits authorizing lethal control measures and possession of a deer carcass outside normal deer hunting seasons may be issued by any DWB or NRO. For further information click here.
Coyotes have lived in larger cities of other states for decades, but they are a relatively recent addition to urban areas in Kansas. For more information view, Coyotes in the City.
Nuisance Wildlife Damage Control is an important part of wildlife management on your own land. For more information please click on the following link. The Importance of Wildlife Control
Nuisance Wildlife Damage Control is a program that is governed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks. It is designed to help citizens find someone who is knowledgeable in this control. A list of Nuisance Wildlife Damage Control permit holders by region is available below our office and county information. Please refer to the following map to find what region you are in.
- Region 1 Office
- Region 2 Office
- Region 3 Office
- Dodge City District Office
- Chanute District Office
- Administrative Offices
- Pratt Operations Office
- Emporia Research & Survey Office
- Kansas City District Office
- County Information by Regions
Please refer to the list of the permittees in the following Regions. Note - there may be a fee charged by the permittees for this service.
If you would be interested in becoming a Nuisance Wildlife Animal Controller, there is an
required and a test. The course work is self-directed. The test is open book - 100 multiple choice questions. The test can be taken at your local County Extension Office. If the test is passed with an 80% or higher, it is valid for 5 years. An application is required every year.
The permit is valid from the date of issue through Dec. 31. There is a report that is turned in at the end of the year with the activity done under the permit for that year. The permit (and test) are free of charge.
The regulations are on our webpage (Click Here) if you want to read them prior to requesting the application. Here is the link to the regulations 115-16-01, 115-16-02, 115-16-03, 115-16-04, 115-16-05, 115-16-06. Wildlife Damage Control Regulations
For further information about Wildlife Damage Management please refer to the following link:
If you have any questions, please contact the Fisheries & Wildlife Division at the Pratt Operations Office, or contact the Regional Office closest to you.
This manual may be printed and taken to the exam site and used during the testing. Please note: to assure you have the most recent regulations, please refer to the Wildlife Damage Control Regulations link above. This will take you directly to the most current regulations pertaining to NADC.
This page outlines lethal control options landowners may use to address deer damage. Site-specific assistance is available from any district wildlife biologist (DWB) or natural resource officer (NRO) from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). Permits authorizing lethal control measures and possession of a deer carcass outside normal deer hunting seasons may be issued by any DWB or NRO.
DEER MANAGEMENT GOALS
Deer are protected as a valuable public resource by state law and regulations. Provisions are authorized to allow for wise use of this resource. Deer management in Kansas is directed by long-range planning that includes input from citizens of the state as well as wildlife professionals. The goal established through this process is: “...to manage the deer population at levels consistent with existing habitat and landowner tolerance, and to provide for recreation use.”
The Bill of Rights of the Kansas Constitution provides landowners with rights to protect their property. These rights may be applied to deer damaging crops. Both court decisions and Attorney General Opinions have shown that these rights are not without limitations. The landowner must demonstrate that deer are causing substantial damage to property. KDWP staff will consider any visible current deer damage to be substantial in this context.
Regulation K.A.R. 115-16-4 authorizes the Secretary of Wildlife and Parks to issue deer control permits. This regulation provides landowners with a legal means of controlling deer and using the meat of deer that are killed during this operation. The permits are intended to address localized problems. DWBs and COs are responsible for working with landowners in implementing the use of deer damage control permits.
OBTAINING DEER CONTROL PERMITS
- The landowner contacts the nearest KDWP office. A KDWP staff member will contact the landowner within five working days of notification of a deerdamage situation.
- The damage area will be inspected by the landowner and DWB or CO.
- If control permits are needed, an application will be prepared and damage control permits will be issued quickly.
- Each deer damage control permit is written for a specific case. When authorized, the permits will allow the landowner to kill a prescribed number of deer on the property.
- Taking antlerless deer will be emphasized during control operations.
- Permits and possession tags will be assigned to the landowner and the landowner will be responsible for the control operation.
- The landowner may issue the permits, without cost, to a designated person(s), who may act as the control agent.
- A designated agent must be a Kansas resident and must have a Kansas hunting license, unless exempt.
- Landowners will be required to follow prescribed procedures and to report on the results of their control efforts.
As a condition for receiving deer damage control permits, the landowner must agree to allow firearms deer hunting on their property during that year’s regular
or extended firearms deer season.
- Hunter access to the landowner’s property is at the landowner’s discretion and by landowner permission.
DAMAGE CONTROL PERMITS WILL NOTSOLVE ALL PROBLEMS
A deer damage control permit is not the answer to all situations where landowners are experiencing damage. Some situations will continue to attract deer, even when many have been removed. Certain high-value crops, such as orchards and nurseries, may not be effectively protected using firearms and damage control permits. Fencing to exclude deer from these areas may be more cost effective than attempting to shoot deer as they enter the area.
DEVELOPING A MANAGEMENT PLAN
The most effective and efficient means for controlling excessive deer populations and the resulting damage they cause is through harvesting deer during established hunting seasons. This approach can place sufficient hunters in the field to harvest deer over a wide area. Regulation of permit numbers and permit types available to hunters ensures that sustained harvests will occur; however, local deer populations still may develop that detrimentally affect some agricultural producers. Deer control permits may be used to address these situations.
Deer population growth is influenced by the number of does in the population and the quality of the habitat available to them. The KDWP stresses the importance of harvesting antlerless deer in order to regulate the growth of the population.
Landowners are encouraged to cooperate with regular hunting season efforts to control deer populations, encouraging neighbors to allow a sufficient harvest on their lands. Allow legal hunters permission to hunt on your property, and encourage hunters to take antlerless deer in areas that are experiencing crop damage. Occasionally deer move substantial distances (5-15 miles) between the croplands they use in the summer and heavy cover they use in the winter. Therefore, it is necessary for landowners to work together in addressing deer damage problems. KDWP staff is available for consultation regarding the need for such cooperation.
For further information concerning deer damage control permits and other control measures, contact your local District Wildlife Biologist, Conservation Officer, or a KDWP office near you ( Locations ).
Coyotes have lived in larger cities of other states for decades, but they are a relatively recent addition to urban areas in Kansas.
Highly adaptable, coyotes often inhabit parks and undeveloped edges, but they will travel into residential or commercial areas, primarily at night. Some learn to live in highly populated and busy parts of a city.
Similar to rural coyotes, urban coyotes form packs and maintain defined home ranges. Rodents, deer (often vehicle killed), fruit and rabbits make up most of their diet, with trash and pet food generally being minimal. Vehicle strikes are the most frequent cause of urban coyote mortality.
This new top-tiered predator in the urban landscape presents unique challenges. Merely seeing a coyote is not cause for alarm, but when coyotes are present, basic precautions can prevent potential problems.
Coyotes will prey on cats and small- and medium–sized dogs, and pet predation is the most common complaint. All precautions should be exercised to protect pets.
Generally, coyotes do not attack people. In areas where coyotes are rarely removed, coyotes may lose their fear of people and become a problem that escalates when a person, usually a child, is bitten or attacked. This is rare, almost never fatal, and has not occurred in Kansas. However, people living with urban coyotes need to be aware of the risks, recognize problem coyote behaviors, and understand how to reinforce a negative association with people.
- DO NOT feed coyotes. Many coyotes that bite people have learned to associate people with food. Intentional feeding is the fastest way to create a problem. Unintentional feeding occurs when pet food is left out, fallen fruit or garden vegetables are not picked up, and trash can lids are not secured. Overgrown vegetation will create habitat for rabbits or rodents which attract coyotes.
- DO NOT leave out water sources (removing water sources also reduces mosquitoe populations).
- DO NOT leave pets outside unattended. Even in a fenced yard, cats and small dogs may be at risk of attack. Risk is greatest at dawn, dusk and nighttime, when coyotes are most active. A small complete enclosure within a yard is a safer option if you must leave the pet outside. Keep pets on a leash while walking.
- If you see a coyote, scare it away. Shout, throw rocks or sticks and act aggressively toward any unwanted coyote by waving your arms until it leaves. Coyotes that recognize people as a threat are less likely to become a problem.
The mere presence of a coyote is not a reason for removal. If one is removed, another will likely take its place. People should take the precautions listed in this pamphlet to keep coyotes from becoming a problem.
As coyotes become more visible during the day, spend more time in yards and begin to attack pets, removal becomes a consideration. It is up to residents, homeowners’ associations, or municipalities to determine when removal efforts are necessary. Sometimes a single coyote is responsible for the conflict and removing it may solve the problem.
When a coyote approaches people without fear, watches and shows an interest in children, attacks pets walked on a leash, or fails to flee or reacts aggressively
(growl, bark) to attempts to scare it away, removal is recommended.
Call the regional KDWPT office nearest you for more information
- Region 1 Hays (785) 628-8614
- Region 2 Topeka (785) 273-6740
- Region 3 Wichita (316) 683-8069
Coyote removal can be difficult and is costly. It is often controversial, with issues arising about removal techniques and what is going to be done with the coyote.
In rural areas, nuisance coyotes are often either shot or trapped. In urban ares, coyote removal techniques require considerable skill and knowledge and should only be done by qualified individuals who have a thorough understanding of laws, regulations and ordinances. These safe techniques are well-established and based on removal of thousands of coyotes in urban settings.
There are many problems associated with attempting to relocate nuisance coyotes, making lethal control the preferred and responsible choice.
Legal methods under state law and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) regulations are often prohibited within cities (e.g., use of some traps or discharge of a firearm/bow). Traditional rural options such as hunter or trapper harvest may not be practical.
K.S.A. 32-1002 allows legal occupants and landowners, after attempting to resolve the problem using non-lethal methods, to kill animals in or around buildings or causing damage to their property.
Coyote season is open year-round. In rural areas, licensed hunters or trappers may assist complainants.
The best option for coyote removal in urban areas is usually to hire a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator (NWCO) who will remove coyotes for a fee. City and state officials typically do NOT remove urban coyotes.