Gray Fox

People in Massachusetts are often surprised at the many kinds of wildlife living in residential areas, including urban areas.

Wildlife crossing roads, nesting, hunting and feeding in and around homes and businesses, making noise, and leaving their droppings (scat) are common occurrences. Some types of wildlife thrive in these kinds of places, mostly due to greater food and shelter availability compared to rural environments. 

Living with Wildlife explains how our behavior as people affects the behavior of wildlife so we can live with and enjoy wildlife responsibly.

For Your Review

  • Preventing Conflicts with Wildlife

    Prevent and resolve problems with wildlife in your home, on your property, or in your neighborhood.

  • Wildlife as Pets

    Can I keep a skunk as a pet? Do I need a permit to keep my wolf when I move to Massachusetts? The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife fields these and similar questions from people with an interest in keeping some kind of wild or exotic wildlife as a pet.

  • Finding Young Wildlife

    What should you do if you find a fawn? a cub? Get some tips on the best actions to take.

  • Moving Wildlife

    Though people don't intend any harm, there are consequences to moving wildlife elsewhere. Some of these consequences affect both wildlife and other people.

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation

    Know what to do if you find sick or injured wildlife.

  • PAC Agents & Districts
    Understand the role of a Problem Animal Control (PAC) Agent and find licensed individuals who handle specific nuisance wildlife problems on your property.
  • Wildlife Fact Sheets Library
    Wildlife fact sheets and articles available as PDFs.