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Residents of Burke County are allowed to set box traps on their own property to catch unwanted cats or dogs. If a resident sets their own trap they must bring the animal to the Burke County Animal Shelter, if a trap is set by Burke County Animal Control then they will pick the animal up, or if a trap is rented from Animal Control it is the responsibility of the person who rented the trap to bring the animal to the animal shelter.
Traps for catching unwanted cats and dogs can be borrowed from Burke County Animal Control via two options:
1. Contact the Animal shelter and request a trap be set on your property. Traps are set as they become available and prioritized based on risk to public safety.
2. Visit the animal shelter and rent a trap. Traps can be rented for a $35.00 refundable deposit. Traps are rented out on a first come first serve basis
Any wild animal caught in an animal control trap must be released on the property on which it was trapped. Any wild animal caught in a property owner’s trap must be handling according to the rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission for trapping if it is not going to be released.
No, any traps rented from Burke County Animal Control can only be used to catch cats or dogs. If you are having a problem with unwanted wildlife on your property you can purchase you own trap and trap the animals yourself provided you follow all rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission for trapping OR you can contact a license Wildlife Damage Control Agent.