Wild animals (not domesticated animals like dogs or cats) that cause property damage are nuisance animals, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
For complaints involving nuisance wildlife, contact a pest control agency. If you are interested in a live trap, contact the City’s Animal Control Unit at 952-949-6200 and they will help determine if a live trap is necessary.
Learn about capturing, relocation or killing a nuisance animal from the Minnesota DNR.
For state laws on taking animals that cause damage, see Minnesota Statute 97B.655.
Tips for Nuisance Animals
Do not approach raccoons, even if they appear tame. Raccoons are normally not aggressive, but will defend themselves if captured or cornered. If you are bitten by a raccoon, attempt to capture or kill it (without damage to the head) so that it can be tested for rabies by the Minnesota Department of Health. Although rabies in raccoons is rare in Minnesota, seek medical treatment and advice. Raccoons will raid garbage cans or roll up freshly laid sod in search of food. They also may damage gardens or truck crops, particularly sweet corn. Learn about preventing and controlling raccoon property damage from the Minnesota DNR.
In the spring, you may find a raccoon in your fireplace, chimney or attic. That usually means babies are there too. Encourage the raccoon family to relocate by playing talk radio (music won’t work) in the area as loudly as you can tolerate for up to three days, 24 hours a day. The mother needs time to find another den and move the babies, which she will do only at night. Do not live trap the mother and leave the babies behind.
Wild turkeys are active during the day and roost in trees overnight. They nest on the ground and the young turkeys are able to leave the nest shortly after hatching. They immediately begin foraging for insects, but stay in a brood with the hen until their flight feathers have developed. Because turkeys are large and active during daylight hours, they are often observed foraging for insects, grubs and seeds, their primary food sources.
Some wild turkeys that reside in urban areas have become acclimated to humans, which can create problems. At first, the appearance of turkeys is usually novel and welcome. Property owners often regrettably feed the birds to encourage them to stay. It is only after the droppings accumulate, property is damaged or residents are chased by aggressive jakes, that they are considered a nuisance. They may not be wary of humans and may become a nuisance by roosting on roofs, in trees near homes and on decks. They are known to occasionally damage painted automotive surfaces. If this behavior persists, these birds may need to be removed and destroyed by special permit. Learn more about wild turkeys from the Minnesota DNR.