Is it legal or advisable to shoot problem beavers? in Delaware | Beaver
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Is it legal or advisable to shoot problem beavers?
Shooting problem beavers in the water is not recommended .
Shooting into and around water is dangerous — and is illegal in many locations. Bullets and shot can ricochet off water surfaces. Trapping is a safer option.
Explore "More solutions for beaver problems" below for advice on how to trap beavers and prevent beaver damage or contact a professional for assistance.
Beavers may be hunted or trapped from December 1 through March 20, landowners (or their agents) may take up to eight beavers from their property without a permit, provided the beavers are causing crop or property damage. Landowners must comply with all state and local firearms ordinances, and trappings regulations.
The Division receives an annual allocation of funding for the removal of nuisance beavers. If you are experiencing damage caused by beavers and would like to have them removed please contact the Division at 302-735-3600.
Laws and regulations to be aware of
While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.