Wildlife

Conflict Prevention in Home and Yard

1. Visit our new 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!
2. Enjoy wild animals from a distance.
3. Never handle or attempt to pet or feed wildlife.
4. Do not keep wildlife as pets.
5. Use secure-fitting lids on garbage cans that are outside. Keep your trashcans in a closed garage or shed. 
Put your trash containers out the morning of trash pick-up, rather than the night before.
6. Supervise outdoor feedings of pets, and clean the area well afterward. If possible, do not feed pets outside.
7. Keep cats indoors and supervise domesticated pets when outside at all times.
8. Be sure your dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.
9. Regularly clean outdoor grills.
10. If you keep a bird feeder, clean up spilled seed to avoid attracting other forms of wildlife.
11. Keep your home in good repair.
12. Secure chimneys with a chimney cap and cover dryer vents.
13. If you think a wild animal may be sick or injured, contact your local Animal Control Officer, Police Department, or the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife immediately. See resources page for a complete resource listing. 
14. If you think a wild animal may be sick or injured, contact your local wildlife rehabilitator.