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About This Site

Welcome to Living with Wildlife in Illinois

This website was developed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and University of Illinois Extension in order to provide residents of Illinois with information about how to coexist with Illinois’ wildlife, especially in urban areas. Many species of wildlife are welcome visitors to our properties, but some animals may wear out their welcome. Urban wildlife helps us maintain our connection with nature. However, sometimes wildlife end up in places that are not safe for them or for people and pets with whom they come in contact.

Preventing problems with wildlife is much simpler and less aggravating than dealing with the problems after they occur. Fortunately, taking a few simple steps can help you prevent many of the most common wildlife-related problems around your home. A number of proven methods can be used to solve the problem when it cannot be prevented. Sometimes removal of an animal is necessary. By Illinois law, an animal removal permit must be requested from the IDNR before most species of wildlife may be removed from private property by the resident or a nuisance wildlife control operator. In other cases, you may have found injured or orphaned wildlife. This site can help you with these and other wildlife situations. Use the menu on the left to guide you to the information you need.