Frequently Asked Questions - All FAQs

FAQs - All FAQs

It depends on the species I am after and where I am trapping. By state Wildlife law, animals must be released at the site of capture or euthanized. As a certified North Carolina Wildlife Animal Damage Control Agent, I can live trap some animals and transport the captured animal to a different location for euthanasia. No matter what type of capture device I might use, the animal’s welfare will take priority over what someone may want. Even if it is a lethal means of capture.


Animals Taken Alive. Wild animals in the order Carnivora, armadillos, groundhogs, nutria, and beaver shall be humanely euthanized either at the site of capture or at a facility designed to humanely handle the euthanasia or released on the property where captured. Feral swine shall be euthanized while still in the trap in accordance with G.S. 113-291.12. For all other animals taken alive, the animal shall be euthanized or released on property with permission of the landowner. When the relocation site is public property, written permission shall be obtained from an appropriate local, state, or federal official before any animal may be released. Animals transported or held for euthanasia shall be euthanized within 12 hours of capture. Anyone in possession of live animals being transported for relocation or euthanasia under a depredation permit shall have the depredation permit in his or her possession.

No, I do not relocate animals. State law only allows a few species to be relocated. Squirrels are one. A relocated squirrel has a 98% death rate when relocated, due to shock. I must have the landowner’s permission to relocate animals that can be relocated. Most landowners do not want your problems to become theirs.

That depends on the problem you have. An average lot size yard, with moles, an average is a week. Beaver might be 10 to 14 days (average). Each animal and job is different so time frames will vary.

If you hear strange noises at night, you are finding scat that is different from your pets (if you have pets), trash is turned over, holes being dug around buildings, or your yard has small holes everywhere in a night or two. And of course, frequent sightings with frequent sightings being the key. Just seeing an animal does not constitute a problem animal.

I use a trinary explosive. There are three different substances, none of which are explosive until they are mixed together. For an explosive, these are extremely safe, as I only mix them at the site of use.

No I do not. I trust people that if they ask me to help them, and I do, they will pay the agreed amount when the job is finished.

I have several customers that I have quarterly and biannual surveys of their land. There is very little work I do where I would need to inspect the property more than this.

No, if there is a way to solve the problem, without trapping, that is my preferred option. Each situation is different when dealing with animals, but all species have some of the same traits associated with that species, which sometimes allows non-lethal solutions.

There are multiple types of property damage that different animals may inflict.  Some may cause walking hazards in the yard due to tunnels and holes, while others may attack livestock.  If these animals are not controlled, there is also the risk of various communicable diseases that can be spread.  See the FAQ section regarding diseases to view a listing of diseases.


A virus spread directly or indirectly (dust with droppings) by deer mice, rice rats, white-footed mice or cotton rats. The incubation period is 1-6 weeks. General symptoms (see below) but can be deadly. 

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