Port St. Lucie is home to a variety of wildlife that have adapted to living in an urban environment. The majority have adapted their way of life around the fast living lifestyles of our residents and are rarely noticed.
However, there are occasions when wildlife and humans interact, and it is important to know and understand their role in our ecosystem. Port St. Lucie Animal Control can help residents identify local wildlife and provide information to ease concerns or remedy potential problems. For general questions regarding wildlife in your neighborhood, contact our office at (772) 871-5042. For tips on how to live with wildlife and steps you can take to deter them, download our Nuisance Wildlife Guide.
The State of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission defines “nuisance wildlife” as wildlife that causes (or is about to cause) property damage, presents a threat to public safety or causes an annoyance within, under or upon a building. Due to the regulations regarding the trapping and release of “nuisance wildlife” the City of Port St. Lucie, Animal Control cannot provide this service.
The division can assist a resident with alternatives such as the use of deterrents and repellents. Any healthy wildlife caught in a trap will be released onto the same property in which it was caught. A resident may contact a licensed wildlife trapper to remove nuisance wildlife. Consult your local telephone directory or www.myfwc.com for contact information.
A trap cannot be used to capture alligators or snakes. Animal Control officers are allowed to capture alligators that are less than four feet in length. For alligators longer than four feet, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission should be contacted. Our officers can also catch and remove venomous and non-venomous snakes.
To contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, call (888) 404-3922.
Do not touch or handle baby wildlife. The animal’s mother is usually nearby feeding or caring for other young. If you believe the animal has been abandoned, its mother killed or injured, contact a wildlife rehabilitator or dial 911 and request an Animal Control Officer.
Additional information on nuisance wildlife can be found on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.