As the human population continues to grow and we continue to develop the open space in our state, animals are constantly losing valuable habitat that is vital to their survival. As the third most densely populated state in the nation, Massachusetts is familiar with the often unfortunate and inevitable conflicts that occur where people and animals inhabit the same areas. The MSPCA promotes the Living With Wildlife philosophy to address these issues and to ensure that Massachusetts remains on the forefront of progressive and humane management of its valuable wildlife species.
The Living With Wildlife philosophy is to provide for the protection of wild species now and in the future. To that end, the MSPCA promotes harmonious and peaceful coexistence between people and wildlife in urban, suburban, and rural Massachusetts' communities through humane, long-term, and cost-effective resolutions of human-animal conflicts.
Read about common conflicts with wildlife and how to avoid them. During the springtime, many wild animals are very active - you may see them in your yard or home as they search for food or a place to raise their young. Learn what to do if you find an animal, how to prevent wildlife conflicts in and around your home, how to avoid collisions with wildlife on the move, and how to safely enjoy the outdoors during hunting seasons.
Visit the Intruder Excluder, an interactive house that will allow you to choose the location of your home or yard affected by the intruder, identify the intruder, and find a humane, long-term solution!
Did you know that you can get products to humanely resolve conflicts with wildlife through your local hardware store? Ask about one-way doors, copper mesh to block holes, and humane mouse traps.
Download our updated document: Solving Human-Beaver Conflicts - Practical Solutions for Local Health Officials and Conservation Commissioners
Did you know that your trash can be dangerous to animals? Here's a checklist to help you keep animals safe.
Our video Resolving Conflicts with Canada Geese in Massachusetts is available to watch online or order. Also, order our videos on resolving beaver or coyote conflicts here.
Visit our Humane Wildlife Educator Resources page to find lesson plans, projects, activities, games, cds, books, posters, professional development opportunities, and links to field trips and in-school visit programs.
Read our polling summary to find out how Massachusetts residents feel about trapping and hunting.