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Animal Shelters

Animal Control Officers and Wild Animals

Protocol for Incidental Capture of Animals, Depredating Animals and Sick or Diseased Animals

All wild animals are regulated. North Carolina law protects all wildlife from take without a license or permit. Licensed trappers may take wildlife during the trapping season open for those species. All other

trapping circumstances require a permit, except as noted below for animals

captured incidentally and suspected of carrying rabies

It is possible in the course of trapping for domestic animals that an Animal Control Officer (ACO) will capture a non-target wild animal.

In these instances, the officer should take the following actions:

1. Assess the animal.

2. If the animal is suspected of having rabies, the officer may secure the animal and transport it to a place where it can be humanely euthanized and tested for rabies.

3. If the animal appears healthy, it may not be transported and must be released in the immediate vicinity of capture. If the officer suspects the animal may be responsible for depredation, the officer should follow the

guidance below for depredating wildlife.

When there is evidence that wild animals are causing damage or destroying property, they may be taken under a

depredation permit. Depredation permits are issued by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) or a

Wildlife Damage Control Agent to take wild animals causing damage or destruction to property. The following

points apply to depredation permits:

1. Depredation permits are issued directly to the property owner or lessee.

2. Depredation permits from the WRC may be obtained from a District Biologistor a local Wildlife Enforcement Officer

3. Depredation permits are not issued to remove wild animals simply because they are present in a residential area or visible during the day.

4. Depredation permits are not needed for feral or free-ranging domestic animals like dogs and cats.


Incidental Capture Depredating Wild Animals

Wildlife Damage Control Agents (WDCA) are individuals certified by the WRC who may issue depredation

permits and act as a second party to remove depredating wildlife. WDCA’s may not issue depredation permits for big game animals, bats, or species listed as endangered, threatened or special concern. An ACO may be certified as a WDCA by attending a WDCA certification course. Call 919-707-0050 for a course schedule and more information.


Sick or Diseased Animals

When a wild animal is showing obvious signs of rabies, unprovoked aggression associated with rabies, or if

human exposure to a potentially rabid animal cannot be ruled out, the ACO may contact the WRC at 1-800-662-7137 and request a depredation permit, or issue one if the ACO is also a WDCA. Under a depredation permit, the ACO may take the animal and transport it to a place where it can be humanely euthanized and tested for rabies if warranted in accordance with State Laboratory of Public Health guidelines. Wild animals may not be held for observation but must be euthanized because the shedding period for rabies virus is not known for wild animals.

State Laboratory of Public Health guidelines: http://slph.ncpublichealth.com/virology-serology/rabies.asp

Sick or Diseased Wild Animals

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Division of Wildlife Management




2011 Public Animal Shelter Report

2012 Public Animal Shelter Report

It was reported to me that Wildlife are killed in county Animal Shelters.  The link will show you the numbers killed at Animal Shelters in 2011.  The Dept of Agriculture has not released the 2012 report.  A NC Citizen reported these issue to NCWRC and NC Attorney General’s Office.  Mr. Myers released the protocol.

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