Wildlife Resources

State Laws & Regulations

Please click on the links below to view the full text of these laws and regulations.

Massachusetts Wildlife Protection Act

General Laws of Massachusetts - Chapter 131: Section 80A. Leghold  traps and certain other devices

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Regulations

Please click on the links below for explanations of the trapping law from the agencies that enforce various aspects of the legislation

MassWildlife's explanation of the trapping law

DPH Beaver guidelines and beaver flowchart regarding the trapping law 

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection guidelines regarding the trapping law

Additional related documents

DEP's Standard Operating Procedure for Determining a Threat To Public Water Supplies Related to Presence of Beaver and Muskrat

Solving Human-Beaver Conflicts - Practical Solutions for Local Health Officials and Conservation Commissioners