Is it legal or advisable to euthanize a problem bear? in Vermont | Black bear

Is it legal or advisable to euthanize a problem bear?

  • Wildlife agencies only euthanize bears that pose a serious threat to public safety
  • Bears that need to be euthanized usually have a history of aggressive or bold behavior around people, pets, or livestock, and have failed relocation attempts.
  • Only trained, experienced professionals should euthanize a problem bear
  • Call your local wildlife agency with any questions or complaints regarding a specific bear, and report any injuries to humans, pets, or livestock.
    • If you or a pet are scratched or bitten by a bear, call your doctor or veterinarian immediately. 

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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