The house sparrow is designated a nuisance species in Virginia
Virginia law allows the taking of all nuisance species at any
time. While house sparrows are classified as a nuisance in Virginia
a landowner should use lethal alternatives only after all non-lethal
controls have been exhausted. The nuisance classification assigned
to house sparrows is for house sparrows only and not the twenty
two other species of sparrow found in Virginia. The other twenty
two species of sparrow are classified as a non-game protected
species. Virginia code allows for the taking of a species found
committing or about to commit depredation upon ornamental or shade
trees, agricultural crops, wildlife, livestock or other property
or when concentrated in numbers and manners as to constitute a
health hazard or other nuisance §29.1-100.
The nuisance classification does not pertain to threatened or
endangered species, animals classified as game or fur-bearing
animals, and those species protected by state or federal law.
As with all wildlife non-lethal control measures should be exhausted
before lethal measures are used.
In Virginia it is illegal to
- transport or release a house sparrow anywhere other than
the property it was caught on. 4VAC15-30-50
- poison any animal (including house sparrow) other than
rats and mice on your property. 4VAC15-40-50
- set a trap where it would be likely to injure persons,
dogs, stock or fowl.§29.1-521.
- not visit all traps once each day and remove all animals