Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement And Control Grants

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control (UWDAC) grants. UWDAC grants help urban areas develop wildlife plans, implement specific damage abatement and/or control measures for white-tailed deer and/or Canada geese. 

UWDAC grants provide a 50% cost share with a maximum award of $5,000. The grant is available to any town, city, village, county or tribal government located within an urban area. Check out the complete list of eligible urban areas.

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

Application materials, reference documents and additional information can be found on the DNR UWDAC grant webpage.

If you have questions about developing a plan, population monitoring or control methods, please contact Grace Nugent at 608-438-6480 or Grace.Nugent@wisconsin.gov.

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

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