Urban Wildlife Management Grants Available

Applications for the Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control Grant are open. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1.

Municipalities in an eligible urban area can apply. The grant provides a 50% cost share with a maximum award of $5,000.

Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control (UWDAC) Grants help urban areas develop wildlife plans and implement specific damage abatement and/or control measures for white-tailed deer and/or Canada geese.

Each year, the grant application period opens on Oct. 1 and closes on Dec. 1.

Grant-eligible expenses include:

  • Developing an urban wildlife population control plan.
  • Monitoring wildlife populations and establishing population estimates.
  • Removing deer using sharpshooters as part of a DNR-approved project.
  • Trapping deer and geese.
  • Implementing managed hunts.
  • Removing resident Canada geese by approved DNR methods.
  • Performing required health and tissue sampling.
  • Processing, distributing or disposing of geese or deer to a charitable organization.
  • Modifying habitat.
  • Implementing any other wildlife control or damage abatement practices approved by the DNR.

Complete applications must be received by Dec. 1. Applications will be scored and ranked by early January. Award notifications will be sent to successful applicants by Jan. 31, 2023.

More information on the grant, including application materials and reference documents, can be found on the DNR’s Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control Grant webpage.


If you have questions about developing a plan, population monitoring or control methods, please contact Sarah Wyrick at Sarah.wyrick@wisconsin.gov or 608-266-2151.

If you have grant administrative questions, please contact Wendy Soleska, Community Financial Assistant, at Wendy.soleska@wisconsin.gov or 608-852-1358.


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