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Wildlife Caught in a Trap

It is illegal to trap most species of wildlife in Illinois unless a permit has been issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Once a permit has been issued, traps are to be checked at least once every 24 hours and the animal humanely removed.

Photo: Chad Schieler
Virginia Opossum in a live-trap.
An opossum in a live trap.

If you are concerned about an animal that you’ve seen in a trap for more than one day, you can CONTACT the IDNR. On the online form, make a note of the species (if known), how long the animal has been trapped and the trap location.