Applications for Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control Grant Program are now available

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for the Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control Grant Program. The program provides financial assistance to designated urban communities for the development of long-term management solutions to reduce conflicts with white-tailed deer and/or Canada geese.

The grant was created to foster and encourage communities to solve overabundant wildlife concerns by awarding 50-50 reimbursement grants up to a maximum of $5,000.

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the application addresses prevention and abatement of wildlife damage to human safety, the environment, health, property, or of nuisance wildlife problems;
  • The method of urban wildlife population management;
  • The cost effectiveness of the plan or project; and
  • The financial need of the urban area.

An applicant must be an urban area as defined in s. 86.196(1)(c), Wis. Stats. To be eligible for grant consideration, the grant application and all required attachments must be completed and received on or before Dec. 1, 2016. Communities with a question about designation as an urban area, how to apply or other questions about the application process can find answers by searching the DNR website,, for Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control.

The Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement Control Grant is one of more than 40 grant programs administered by the Bureau of Community Financial Assistance. To learn  more search “grants.”