Skunk Abatement Program

Skunk Abatement Program

In recognition of the negative impact that skunk dens can have on neighboring properties, the Village of Wheeling will provide financial reimbursement to homeowners who choose to contract with licensed wildlife control companies to remove skunks from their properties. Residents of multifamily homes or who are represented by homeowner associations are not eligible to participate.

The Skunk Abatement Program will operate as follows:

1. Homeowners must enter into a contract for services with a licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. The names of qualifying 
    companies can be found on the Village’s webpage and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ webpage. The contract must      
    include the placement and monitoring of traps and the cost of skunk removal from individual residential properties.

2. Payment of costs for any services other than the removal of skunks—including but not limited to the inspection of the property, trap
    setup and monitoring, home repairs needed to mitigate dens, etc.—shall be the responsibility of the homeowner.

3. If a trap is set by the Operator and captures a skunk, the Village will reimburse the homeowner up to a maximum of $75 for each
    skunk trapped, or the removal price quoted in the contract, whichever is less.

4. The Village will not reimburse residents for the cost of trapping any other wildlife. Homeowners should communicate with their chosen 
    Operator to gain a clear understanding of how they will be billed for the Operator’s services prior to entering into the contract.

5. To request reimbursement, homeowners must submit the following documentation to the Community Development Department:

  • A reimbursement request form completed and signed by the homeowner,
  • A copy of the contract between the homeowner and the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator, and
  • A copy of the receipt documenting the date of the skunk removal and the cost for each skunk removed.

6. The Village will review the requested reimbursement. Homeowners should expect to receive their reimbursement within 30–60 days of 
    the Village’s receipt of all documentation.

To download a fillable PDF form for remibursement click here