Raccoon climbing a tree.

Living with wildlife in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, nearly 6 million people share 5 million acres with native wildlife. As residents and visitors enjoy the outdoors, it is inevitable that there will be unexpected encounters between people and wildlife. Learn what to do and how to prevent potential conflict to keep individuals, families, and pets safe.

How you can help keep Massachusetts’s coastline beautiful

Find out how you can get involved to help preserve our beaches and keep our coastline clean.   

Concerned about lead in your home?

Lead is a toxic metal that can come from a number of materials found in and around our homes, including old paint and contaminated soil. If you have lead pipes, or brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures, it can enter your drinking water via the plumbing. Lead exposure frequently occurs without any symptoms, and can cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk.

The state offers information about lead and removing it from your home, including: