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Apply to be a Problem Animal Control agent

Problem Animal Control (PAC) agents are vital when animals pose a threat to personal safety. Once you pass the PAC agent requirements, becoming a certified agent is easy.
PAC licenses are valid from the time you buy it until December 31st. You can renew your license for the next year starting on December 1st.

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If possible, complete steps 1-5 in order. (Depending on course availability, this may not be possible.)

1. Pass a Trapper Education course

In order to legally trap on someone else's property, you need a valid Massachusetts trapping license and a trap registration number. To get these, you first need to successfully complete a Trapper Education course (in Massachusetts or any state in the U.S.).

  • The Massachusetts Trapper Education course teaches Best Management Practices for trapping furbearers. The course covers basic techniques, legal methods, safety, and trapping ethics. MassWildlife offers Trapper Education Courses 3-4 times a year in different parts of the state. You should be prepared to travel to another part of the state to take the course. To be notified about upcoming courses, fill out a course notification form online or call the Hunter Education Program at (508) 389-7820.
2. Get a trapping license

After passing a Trapper Education course, you can purchase a trapping license online through the MassFishHunt system or in person at a license vendor. A trapping license costs $35.50.

3. Get a trap registration number

After passing a Trapper Education course, fill out this form to get a Trap Registration Number. There is a fee of $5.

Trap registration numbers are processed though our Boston office.
Mail completed forms to:

Special Permits
MassWildlife
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114-2104

4. Pass a written examination

The exam covers biology, handling, capture techniques, animal welfare, diseases, and parasites. You can prepare for the exam using the PAC Handbook available through MassWildlife. To get a copy of the PAC Handbook, send a check for $15 payable to the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to:

PAC Handbook
MassWildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581

When you are ready, you can take the Problem Animal Control exam at any MassWildlife location. Call the MassWildlife office nearest you to schedule a time to take the exam.

5. Fill out the application for a Problem Animal Control Permit

When you have passed the exam and you have your trap registration number, complete and send in the PAC application. At this point you must provide the customer ID number located on your trapping license (from step 2) and your trap registration number (from step 3).

6. Buy your Problem Animal Control license

If all of your applications materials are in order, MassWildlife will activate the option to buy a PAC license in the MassFishHunt system (up until this point, customers will not have the option of adding a PAC license to their cart). You can then buy your PAC license ($100 for Massachusetts residents, $200 for non-residents).

Fees for Apply to be a Problem Animal Control agent

Name Fee Unit
Trapping License $35.50 each
Trap Registration Number $5 each
Problem Animal Control License for instate agents $100 each
Problem Animal Control License for out-of-state agents $200 each

How to apply Apply to be a Problem Animal Control agent

Download the attached PAC application. Complete the application and mail it to:

MassWildlife
ATTN: PAC
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581

Do not fill out the form until you have completed all the criteria.

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If you plan to use a firearm to euthanize animals you must complete these additional steps
  1. Get a current hunting license. If you have never had a hunting license before, click here to learn more about the process.
  2. Get a gun license. You can find out more about this process from your municipal police department.
If you want to be able to remove Coyotes:

To become certified in coyote removal you must successfully complete a coyote class offered by MassWildlife. Only PAC agents who have completed this training may remove problem coyotes. However, any PAC agent can be hired to harass coyotes on behalf of a homeowner. For more details about the coyote class for PAC agents, please call MassWildlife at (508) 389-6300.

 

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