How to euthanize problem porcupines in Maryland | Porcupine

How to euthanize problem porcupines

You can effectively capture porcupines using size 2 or 3, steel, foot-hold traps. Set the trap near an active porcupine den, used trail or the damage site and bait a small enclosed space with a saltwater-soaked piece of leather or wood, salt mixed with cooking oil or vegetable pieces such as carrot, turnip, etc. Use caution setting and baiting traps to avoid trapping other animals. Trapped porcupines should be humanely killed using a small caliber pistol or rifle. 

Problem porcupines can also be shot with small caliber firearms. Consult state regulations and local firearms ordinances. 

Laws and regulations to be aware of

Regulations for Maryland

Permit Needed

A landowner permit is needed to trap chipmunks, opossums, porcupines, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, tree squirrels and woodchucks in Maryland. This free permit can be obtained by calling the Maryland Nuisance Wildlife Hotline at 877-463-6497.

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.

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