Wildlife Resources

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.

Wildlife and Human Health

Wildlife and Human Health

You can live around wildlife without a risk to your health. Find out more about diseases and how to take simple preventative measures.

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Conflict Prevention

Conflict Prevention

Identify a problem animal, find information about different species, and explore resources to resolve conflicts.

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Help for Pet Owners

Help for Pet Owners

In general, wildlife will shy away from people and pets. Find out some tips pet owners can take to proactively prevent conflicts between pets and wildlife.

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What Animal Is It?

What Animal Is It?

Do you think you might have an animal living in or around your home or yard, but you're not sure quite what animal it is? You've come to the right place!

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Humane Solutions

Humane Solutions

The MSPCA can offer you advice and solutions that will help solve your conflicts with wildlife in a humane, long-term, and cost-effective manner.

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Species Information

Species Information

Do you know what animal you have a problem with? Learn more about that animal, potential conflicts and how to avoid them.

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Help for Gardeners

Help for Gardeners

While some people welcome wildlife into their yards, some gardeners don’t want to give local wildlife all-you-can-eat buffets. If you’d rather not share your harvest, find tips here.

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Intruder Excluder

Intruder Excluder

This is our interactive guide for detecting and humanely resolving conflicts with unwanted wildlife visitors in and around your home in 3 simple steps.

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State Laws and Regulations

State Laws and Regulations

Massachusetts has laws and regulations impacting all types of wildlife.

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Additional Links and Resources

If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, these additional resources might help.

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