In Rhode Island, it is illegal to discharge a firearm with 500 feet of any occupied dwelling ot other building occupied by humans without the permission of the owner of that property (RIGL 20-13-7). In addtion, local ordinanaces may further restrict or prohibit firearms discharge. Check local ordinaces..
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Shooting problem rabbits
Shooting rabbits during regular hunting season can reduce populations in areas where it is legal to hunt. Discharging firearms in developed areas is often prohibited by local safety ordinances.
Rabbits causing severe damage may be controlled through regulated by hunting outside the season, and through special permits issued by state wildlife agencies to professional nuisance wildlife trappers.
Removing rabbits one year does not guarantee that the rabbit population will be lower the next year.
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.
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