Wildlife Control Operator

License required by 23 states

88th most burdensome licensing requirements.

74th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Wildlife control operators take or trap, transport, and release wildlife when it becomes a nuisance, destroys property or threatens public safety.1

Twenty-three states require a license to work as a wildlife control operator. On average, these laws require $68 in fees and about one exam—the 88th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied here. Because about half of states license wildlife control operators, the occupation ranks as the 74th most widely and onerously licensed.

While most states (19) require one written exam, Iowa requires two: a written exam and an in-person interview with a representative of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Alaska, Nevada and New Hampshire require no exams. Additionally, while 15 states require no education or experience, eight require anywhere from one to 16 hours of education. Fees range from $0 in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Virginia to $250 in Connecticut and Nevada.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Oklahoma 23 $75 3 16 clock hours 1 0 18
2 Washington 23 $50 2 10 clock hours 1 0 18
3 Louisiana 23 $40 2 10 clock hours 1 0 18
4 Connecticut 23 $250 1 8.5 clock hours 1 0 0
5 Kansas 23 $0 1 8 clock hours 1 0 16
6 Massachusetts 23 $136 1 1 days 1 0 0
7 New Hampshire 23 $101 1 6 clock hours 0 0 0
8 D C 23 $50 0 1 clock hours 1 0 18
9 Iowa 23 $25 0 2 0 18
10 Kentucky 23 $100 0 1 0 18
11 West Virginia 23 $50 0 1 0 18
12 Georgia 23 $35 0 1 0 18
13 Rhode Island 23 $10 0 1 0 18
14 Illinois 23 $0 0 1 0 18
15 Nevada 23 $250 0 0 0 0
16 Oregon 23 $85 0 1 0 0
17 Pennsylvania 23 $75 0 1 0 0
18 Alaska 23 $100 0 0 0 18
19 Maryland 23 $50 0 1 0 0
19 New York 23 $50 0 1 0 0
21 Ohio 23 $40 0 1 0 0
22 Indiana 23 $0 0 1 0 0
22 Virginia 23 $0 0 1 0 0

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