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Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MASSWILDLIFE)

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.

COVID-19 announcements

MassWildlife offices and hatcheries are closed to the public until further notice. Fishing is open. Wildlife Management Areas are open.

MassWildlife's COVID-19 response 

Contact Us

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Address

MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581

Phone

8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., M-F

Who we serve

Through the effective management of wildlife and habitat, MassWildlife ensures quality outdoor recreational opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the impressive variety of plants, fish, and wildlife found in Massachusetts. Outdoor skills clinics, wildlife education workshops, presentations, and online resources provide all residents with a greater understanding and appreciation for wildlife conservation. Keep in touch with us  sign up to receive monthly e-newsletters.

Recent news & announcements from Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

News

Apply for your Antlerless Deer Permit by July 16, 2020 

6/25/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

An antlerless deer permit (sometimes called a doe permit or doe tag) is required for those who want to hunt antlerless deer this fall.

News

MassWildlife: COVID-19 Response 

3/25/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife has adjusted services, events, and operations to protect our employees and Massachusetts residents, and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

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    Historic loon hatch marks a milestone 

    7/09/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife reports the first common loon hatches in southeastern MA in over a century.

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    Peregrine falcon restoration reaches new heights in Massachusetts 

    7/01/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife biologists successfully banded over 40 peregrine falcon chicks.

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    Species Spotlight: Eastern hog-nosed snake 

    7/01/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife's Species Spotlight for July is the eastern hog-nosed snake. Learn more about this deceiving snake, how MassWildlife biologists are working to protect this species of special concern, and what you can do to help.

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    New Addition to the Squannacook River WMA 

    6/24/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife continues to protect the Squannacook River WMA by adding additional acreage to the property.

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    Report fish kills this summer 

    6/01/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Call the Massachusetts Environmental Police 1 (800) 632-8075 to report a fish kill. The vast majority of summer fish kills reported are natural events.

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    Species Spotlight: Eastern whip-poor-will 

    6/01/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife's Species Spotlight for June is the eastern whip-poor-will! Learn about this bird of fire and folklore, how MassWildlife biologists are working to protect this rare species, and what you can do to help.

Locations of Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

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