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Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control Grant


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Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control (UWDAC) grants help urban areas develop wildlife plans, implement specific damage abatement and/or control measures for white-tailed deer and/or Canada geese. They are available to any town, city, village, county or tribal government in an urban area.

Who can apply

Any town, city, village, county or tribal government in an urban area can apply for these grants. If you are uncertain if your governmental unit falls within defined urban areas, contact Sarah Wyrick (608-266-2151).


Eligible projects

  • Eligible urban areas list [PDF]
  • 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.

Please contact Sarah Wyrick (608-266-2151) if you have questions about developing a plan, population monitoring, control methods, etc.


The grant application period opens on Oct. 1 each year.

The application deadline is Dec. 1.

Grant awards are issued in January of the grant year.


The following criteria will be used to rank applications for grant awards:

  • the extent that the application addresses prevention and abatement of nuisance wildlife problems or wildlife damage to human safety, health, property;
  • the extent that the application includes long-term solutions to wildlife problems such as habitat modification or adopting a "no wildlife feeding" ordinance;
  • the cost-effectiveness of the plan or project;
  • the severity of the wildlife damage or nuisance problem addressed by the application; and
  • the likelihood of preventing the specified damage or nuisance.


Grant related statutes and administrative codes


Contact information
For more information, contact:
Wendy Peich
Grant Manager
Sarah Wyrick
Wildlife Biologist