. . .I know the season ended but I have a farm and just had a bunch of lambs. The yotes are terrible by me and the brush is just thick enough and there are just enough houses to make hunting with a gun a pain. I looked on the DEC website and it said that if an animal destroys propert, ie livestock you can take it without a permit. Not sure how this applies to trapping. Can I set traps legally for yotes after the season ends if they are killing my livestock??
My standard answer: Check with local (TO YOU) DEC and/or law enforcement, since in the end THEY'RE the ones to whom you'll answer if anyone makes trouble - better to have THEIR answer in advance. If you do as they've said, where's the trouble? If you don't, or if you take our advice (especially since it's unlikely any of us are local to you), well... There's the trouble. Our advice is worth exactly what you paid for it: Nuttin. But this right here might be worth a little more than that. You can find your local officers on the DEC website. By and large you'll enjoy your contact with them. Especially if you contact them in advance...
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You can find it in the Environmental Conservation Law if you know where to look. It is clear that you are allowed to do so. If done by setting traps, they must still be properly tagged and checked 24/48 hrs as appropriate for the area you live. Good luck!
Environmental Conservation Law, Sections:
§ 11-0523. Destructive or menacing wildlife; taking without permit.
1. Owners and lessees and members of their immediate families actually occupying or cultivating lands, and persons authorized in writing and actually employed by them in cultivating such lands, may take (a) unprotected wildlife other than birds and (b) starlings, common crows and, subject to section 11-0513, pigeons, when such wildlife is injuring their property or has become a nuisance thereon. Such taking may be done in any manner, notwithstanding any provision of the Fish and Wildlife Law, except section 11-0513, or the Penal Law or any other law.
2. Any bear killing or worrying livestock on land occupied or cultivated, or destroying an apiary thereon, may be taken or killed, at any time, by shooting or device to entrap or entice on such land, by the owner, lessee or occupant thereof, or any member of the owner's, lessee's or occupant's immediate family or by any person employed by such owner, lessee or occupant. The owner or occupant of such lands shall promptly notify the nearest environmental conservation officer and deliver to such officer the carcass of any bear killed pursuant to this subdivision. The environmental conservation officer shall dispose of the carcass as the department may direct.
3. Red-winged blackbirds, common grackles and cowbirds destroying any crop may be killed during the months of June, July, August, September and October by the owner of the crop or property on which it is growing or by any person in his employ.
4. Varying hares, cottontail rabbits and European hares which are injuring property on occupied farms or lands may be taken thereon, at any time, in any manner, except by the use of ferrets, fitch-ferrets or fitch, by the owners or occupants of such farms or lands or by a person authorized in writing by them and actually employed by them in cultivating such farm lands.
5. Skunks injuring property or which have become a nuisance may be taken at any time in any manner.
6. Raccoons, muskrats, coyotes or fox injuring private property may be taken by the owner, occupant or lessee thereof, or an employee or family member of such owner, occupant or lessee, at any time in any manner.
7. Whenever black, grey and fox squirrels, opossums or weasels are injuring property on occupied farms or lands or dwellings, they may be taken at any time in any manner, by the owners or occupants thereof or by a person authorized in writing by such owner or occupant.
8. No license or permit from the department is required for any taking authorized by this section.
9. Varying hares, cottontail rabbits, skunks, black, grey and fox squirrels, raccoons, muskrats, opossums or weasels taken pursuant to this section in the closed season or in a manner not permitted by section 11-0901 shall be immediately buried or cremated. No person shall possess or traffic in such skunks or raccoons or the pelts thereof or in such varying hares or cottontail rabbits or the flesh thereof.
§ 11-1105. Trapping Procedure.
1. Traps set for taking wildlife shall bear the name and residence address or the assigned identification number of the operator legibly at all times, provided, that state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies shall have access to the name, address and telephone number of such operator who was assigned such identification number. They shall be visited once in each twenty-four hours, except in the Northern Zone where they shall be visited once in each forty-eight hours or a shorter interval of no less than twenty-four hours as the department may, by regulation, require, and all wildlife held captive shall immediately be removed from the traps.
2. Wildlife lawfully taken alive in traps may be killed in any manner, except that where the taking is pursuant to a permit or special license, it may not be killed in violation of any term of such permit or license.
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