Chattanooga Wildlife and Animal Removal

Is it Legal to Trap Opossums?

Having a Chattanooga opossum in your garden or yard can be a major problem for many people, as they can be a real pest, digging through garbage to find food and can also cause damage to plants and fences. If you have one, you would definitely want to trap it. With everything set, there remains only one question:

Is it legal to trap a Tennessee opossum?
It is perfectly legal to trap and kill the opossum, however it is unlawful to release an opossum anywhere within the state, other than on the property where it was legally trapped and a special permit is required for the use of any trap that is not a live trap. So if you don't want to get a permit you will need to use a live trap and then kill the Chattanooga possum yourself.

Now that we've given a brief answer, it's time we go into some death as the complexity of the matter demands it. So, you find a nuisance Chattanooga opossum in your yard. Although it is very rare that you find one as opossums are nocturnal animals. Anyway you find one raiding your garbage cans, dumpsters etc. Unable to scare it off, you are left with only two choices; either you kill it or you trap it. Killing the Tennessee opossum can be hard for some people. If you're one of these, you don't have a choice at all; you have to trap it. Being a legitimate action, you trap the opossum.

This is where a little ‘law-information' may come in handy. Abiding by the Tennessee law's permission, you have successfully trapped an opossum. All you need to do is relocate the opossum some place where it doesn't bother you anymore. But that can be a little tricky ‘legally'. You see, it's perfectly legal to trap one or even kill it, but you need a special warrant to relocate it and there are some rules for relocating a trapped Chattanooga opossum. If you don't want to get that warrant, you'll have to use a live trap; therefore killing it yourself.

But if you choose to use a trap which is not live, and you have the permission warrant. You will have to relocate the opossum. You cannot relocate a trapped Chattanooga opossum on someone else's property; this isn't permitted by the law. You'll have to relocate it in the same state. This is done keeping the best interest of the animal at heart. It is highly unlikely the animal will survive in another habitat. Not only does this affect the opossum that is being released but it also has a huge impact on the animals residing in the place where this opossum is to be released. Also, after trapping it, the law requires you to release or kill the animal within 24 hours. Tennessee wildlife inspectors are basically hired to keep a check on these things particularly. Therefore it will be best that you seek the help of such an inspector if you want to trap an opossum.

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