I constantly see wildlife in my backyard. Are these animals dangerous and what can I do about them?

East Brunswick has a rich diversity of wildlife living within our borders, everything from chipmunks and snakes to deer, coyote and even bear have been found at one time or another in our town. These animals are generally no threat to humans, however they are wild animals, and as such should be considered unpredictable and treated with respect.

Animal Control Response

We will respond to calls involving endangered or rare species as well as sick or injured wildlife creating a definite public health threat. We do not, however, trap and relocate nuisance wildlife. New Jersey Fish and Game laws require a specific set of circumstances before wildlife can be disturbed. Also, due to the current rabies epidemic, state wildlife regulations prohibit the release of wildlife anywhere other than the location where it was trapped. This area has reached the saturation point for those types of wildlife usually involved in nuisance complaints. Those animals already established drive off animals released into an already overpopulated area. 

Newly introduced animals generally die from exposure or are struck by motor vehicles as they move from one area to the next looking for a home. It is for these reasons, that unless they are living in your fireplace, attic or are doing extensive damage to your property, wildlife should be left alone. A local exterminator or wildlife pest control operator can remove problem wildlife. Check with the company that provides your home’s pest control services or look in the phone book under Pest Control.

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1. Am I required to license my dog or cat?
2. What is the law regarding tethering of my dog?
3. What can I do about my neighbor’s dog that barks all the time?
4. My neighbor lets their dog run loose in the neighborhood. What can I do?
5. I constantly see wildlife in my backyard. Are these animals dangerous and what can I do about them?