i'm thinking of doing some nuisance trapping for my local neaghborhood for a little extra cash, are there any regulations on that, i mean i know i would'nt be able to kill serten animals but if i just released them on my land i would think that would be ok, so if anybody knows anything pleas tell.
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Sat, 2008-06-14 10:20
Sun, 2008-06-15 08:10#1
I had a wildlife pest control In Pennsylvania in the past and I was required by our state game agency to be licensed and insured. I'm not sure if Ny requires you to carry a license but I'm sure they do. If you do go through the trouble, be sure to get a liability insurance as well to cover your butt. Most kids and many adults have a fascination for animals so if you have an animal in a trap and they get bit, you are still liable.
As far as releasing animals on your property, there is a downside to that. Too many animals in one area can cause a collapse of other species if you are releasing a predatory or an oportunistic-scavanger species that prey upon such as eggs of turkeys, pheasants or other bird species or the myriad of other prey species that could suffer from a higher population of introduced predators.
Releasing animals from one area to another also hightens the threat of spreading rabies or other diseases. It was for this reason that the PGC required me to destroy most of the animals I caught. There were only a few species that I was allowed to release by law.
If you do decide to do it, be prepared for a lot of skunk work. That is what will make up a bulk of your calls for sure.
Sun, 2008-06-15 11:56#2
i have a trapping license but no insurence, that stinks that people would sue you cuz they stuck there fingers into a trap with a wild animal in it. And iv traped skunk before i just use the old tarp methed to remove them with them spraying, so are there any ather ways to get around the insurence part cuz i really dont want to get into all that for little bit of cash
Mon, 2008-06-16 13:26#3
I really don't know of a safe way around it. I had mt insurance through Erie at the time and it was reasonable then. About $200 for the year. If NY is like Pa. each trap has to have the trap owners name, address and phone number on it. Yes it is sad that people are dumb enough to stick their hands in a trap and then sue when they get bit but it has happened and could happen to you. In my mind it gave me more peace of mind knowing that the financial security of me and my family were protected by having the liability insurance.
You could always risk it, but the way people are these days I wouldn't.
Tue, 2008-06-17 07:32#4
i cant hardly get myself to pay hunderds of dollers on insurence to just make a couple bucks trapping nuicance woodchucks ,) but thanks for the info i might try contacting the dec and see what all the regulations and stuff are.
Mon, 2008-06-30 06:38#5
What if i made somthing that they have to sign, would that work?
Tue, 2008-07-01 04:40#6
While a liability waiver form is always good to have, they are more of a lawsuit deterrent than a preventer. Even if it did save you from a property owner lawsuit, there are two things to consider.
One, if NY requires you to carry Wildlife Pest Control License as I did, they may require you to carry liability insurance for them to issue that license asI had to do in Pennsylvania.
Two, if a neighboring child or adult came onto that property, that didn't sign anything you could still be held liable. If the person was sue happy enough they could sue you, the landowner and even include the issuing agency for your license.
While I am NOT an attorney, these were all issues that I was made aware of.
The only way I would do such a thing would be for family & friends without going all the way on this. In this day and age and economy people some people will do near anything to make their life easier. Including filing frivolous lawsuits.
Once again, to make these services available to anyone but family and friends isn't worth the risk without covering my butt with a liabilty insurance. Yes, anyone who sticks their hands in a cage and gets bit are pretty dumb, but you could end up paying for their stupidity.
Let me know what you decide and how you make out.
Tue, 2008-07-01 09:31#7
its a good point i think im just going to drop the hole thing it seems pretty comlecated, my grandpa who is still alive told me storys about when he in his 20s he would just ride around and ask peple in his town if they wanted anything trapped off of there property and all he had to have was a trapping licence,
Tue, 2008-07-01 10:09#8
It's not complicated but just not as smiple as when your grandfather did it. If your not willing to go the whole way and make it into at least a reputable part-time business, it's really not worth the risk these days.