Seminole County Animal Services no longer provides traps for the purpose of catching nuisance wildlife, nor will officers remove any trapped wildlife from private property. Any wild animal inadvertently caught in a trap will be released at the trapping site. Please refer to the wildlife section below for information regarding licensed trappers.
Seminole County Animal Services offers the following suggestions in dealing with nuisance animals
If the animal is a dog or cat and you know the address where the animal lives, please contact our dispatchers at 407-665-5201. An Animal Services Officer will be sent out to the animal owner’s address to speak with the owner about the problem and advise them of the ordinances in Seminole County.
If the animal is a dog or cat and can be safely confined, you may bring the animal in to our shelter or contact our dispatchers at 407-665-5201 and have an Animal Services Officer come out to pick the animal up. Cats must be confined before an officer can be sent out. Officers can patrol areas for loose dogs, however, calls are run in order of priority and there is no guarantee on when an officer can be in the area. Dogs that have not been confined are often gone by the time an officer arrives.
If a dog or cat cannot be safely confined, Seminole County Animals Services will provide live traps to Seminole county residents for the purpose of trapping nuisance animals. Traps must be picked up from Animals Services by the customer. Animals that are caught in traps can be brought in to the shelter, or upon request, picked up by an Animal Services Officer. Because the number of nuisance traps available each day is limited, we recommend that you call our office before coming to the shelter to be sure that there will be a trap available when you arrive. If there are traps available, we will be happy to hold one for you, but you must pick up the trap that same day. Traps will not be held overnight. There is no cost to the customer for using a nuisance trap provided that the trap is returned on time and has not been damaged or destroyed. Customers with lost, damaged, or destroyed traps will be charged $75 for cat traps and $250 for dog traps. Traps are generally loaned out for one week at a time. At the end of that period (and before the trap is late), if you feel that you haven't caught the animal(s) you may call our office to request an extension. In most cases, extensions will be granted, however, traps can only be extended one time to ensure that everyone who needs to use them will get a chance.
When you arrive to pick up a trap, you will be asked to provide your photo identification showing that you reside within Seminole County. We are unable to issue traps to anyone who resides outside of Seminole County or who does not have proper identification. You will be required to sign a trap agreement/voucher of which you will receive a copy. The agreement includes the date when the trap is due back, the fees that may be applied if the trap is late or lost, and the phone number to call to have an animal picked up. Please remember that traps CAN NOT be set on or before legal holidays as we do not have officers available for pick ups.
If the animal is a wild animal, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) web page for tips on how to deal with wildlife problems. Several licensed trapping companies provide these services for a fee. For a list of licensed trappers, click here.
If you are in need of a wildlife trapper and/or removal services, please refer to your local Yellow Pages for a variety of licensed trappers in your specific Seminole County area.
If the animal is a venomous reptile, please contact your local FWC Regional Office at (352) 732-1225. FWC’s Regional Office number is manned Monday – Friday, from 8:00am – 5:00pm. For assistance outside of normal business hours, please contact the FWC’s Dispatch line at 888-404-3922. Below are helpful links containing related information for your reference:
If the situation involves coyotes- please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) web page for tips on how to deal with coyote problems. Several licensed trapping companies provide these services for a fee. For a list of licensed trappers, click here.
If the situation involves an Alligator- To report a nuisance alligator call 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). To report a possible wildlife violation, call Wildlife Alert (888-404-3922) and immediately reference a possible alligator violation. Unless such a violation has occurred, FWC will advise the callers to let nature take its course by leaving the deceased alligator where it has been found.
If the situation involves a Bear- If someone has a nuisance bear in their neighborhood or on their property, please contact your local FWC regional office at 352-732-1225 or call the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
If the situation involves Bees, please contact a pest control or bee removal services. For a listing of licensed professionals for bee removal, please contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry - Agriculture Industry, Apiary Inspection at 352-395-4709 or visit their website:
The following website provides further information regarding bee removal and eradication involving swarms or non-managed colonies: