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Managing Deer Damage in Maryland

The white-tailed deer is of great economic and aesthetic importance to Maryland citizens. But an overpopulation of deer can result in negative consequences, such as damaged crops, landscapes, and forests, and safety concerns due to deer vehicle collisions and Lyme disease. State, local and private groups all have a stake in helping to manage the state's deer population.

DNR Wildlife Services Hotline

To report nuisance, injured or sick wildlife, call toll-free in Maryland 1-877-463-6497.  US Department Agriculture (USDA),  Wildlife Services Operators are available from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except State holidays. For phone numbers outside of Maryland, please call: 410-349-8130.​

Wildlife Damage Control Permit/License

The first step in obtaining a Wildlife Damage Control Permit is to take and pass a written examination comprised of trapping procedures, heath and human safety issues, components of law and regulation relating to human/animal conflict trapping, and questions relating to the reproductive cycles, feeding patterns and den sites of the more common wildlife species in Maryland.

Wildlife Damage Control Permits Regulations

Click to view the regulations for Wildlife Damage Control Permits.

List of Damage Control Operators by County

List of commercial operators that hold a Wildlife Damage Control Permit and takes calls from the public.