Shooting Shooting live ammunition, whether to frighten or kill, has limited ap- plication. Generally, live ammunition may only be fired during hunting season or under permit. Discharge of cracker shells, firearms, or both may be regulated by municipality. Check your local ordinances.
All pest species can be excluded from an area to prevent infestation or dam- age before it begins. Check with your county extension agent for the proper exclusion methods to use for your particular pest.
Landowner Control of Wildlife Damage: Laws and Regulations
e Pennsylvania Game Commission’s
regulations for wildlife protection and damage control are printed below. If you have any concern that a control method violates these regulations, con- tact your regional Game Commission office before taking action to control nuisance wildlife. Also contact the office to notify them of any wildlife damage complaints.
Protection is removed from wildlife, except migratory birds, big game, and threatened or endangered spe- cies, when personal property, other than an agricultural crop, is being destroyed or damaged (58 Code §
a.1). Only the owner or per-
son in charge of the property may take wildlife (58 Code § 141.3.a.2).b
Protection is removed from wildlife, except migratory birds, big game, and threatened or endangered spe- cies, when an animal is obviously sick or diseased and poses a threat to human, farm animal, or pet safety. Only the owner or person in charge of the property, when the threat exists, may take these animals. e wildlife must be taken in a safe, expeditious, and lawful manner and must be buried on the
site where taken, destroyed by in- cineration or other proper disposal, or submitted for laboratory analysis (58 Code § 141.3.c-d).
Wildlife taken to protect personal property must be taken in a hu- mane and lawful manner (58 Code § 141.3.a.3).
Wildlife taken to protect personal property must be turned over to a Game Commission representa- tive as required in section 2125 (58 Code § 141.3.b.1).c
No wildlife may be retained alive, sold, or given away (58 Code §
Farmers may protect from wildlife damage farm crops, fruit trees, veg- etables, livestock, poultry, or beehives on any farmlands under their control.
ey may kill game for harming crops
or livestock but must report the kill to a Wildlife Conservation Officer. For further information on farmers’ rights, refer to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau publication titled Farmers’ Rights and Obligations Pertaining to the Game and Wildlife Code, or call your regional Game Commission office.
b. To take, as defined by the Game Com- mission, means “to harass, pursue, hunt for, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, possess, or collect any game or wildlife, including shooting at a facsimile of game or wildlife or attempt to harass, pursue, hunt for, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect any game or wildlife.”
c. Section 2125 states: “Except as otherwise provided in this subchapter, the entire car- cass, including the head and hide, of all big game animals and the entire carcass of any other game or wildlife, other than raccoons, shall be made available, unless otherwise directed by an officer of the commission, in- tact, less entrails, to any commission officer calling for them.”