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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.

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Division of Fisheries and Wildlife


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


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


Deer hunting information and reminders 

8/01/2019 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Antlerless Deer Permit instant award period begins, DCR watershed hunt applications due soon, youth hunt day Sept. 28


MassWildlife proposes regulations to ban predator contests and prohibit wanton waste 

7/25/2019 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Following a review, MassWildlife proposed regulatory changes to prohibit predator hunting contests, prohibit wanton waste of hunted wildlife, and change harvest reporting requirements for fox and coyote.

  • Press Release

    Baker-Polito Administration Announces Creation of Norcross Hill Wildlife Management Area  

    10/09/2019 Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

    Wildlife Management Area in Templeton Will Protect 465 Acres of Wildlife Habitat

  • News

    A hunter's guide to EEE 

    10/03/2019 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    EEE is a rare but serious viral disease spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Learn what precautions hunters can take to reduce their risk while outdoors.

  • News

    Hunting safety tips 

    10/03/2019 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Get ready for a great hunting season by brushing up on this safety information.

  • News

    Hunters: submit bear teeth and hair 

    10/03/2019 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    If you harvest a black bear this season, please submit a tooth and hair sample to MassWildlife. Teeth are used to find out a bear's age, and hairs are used to study bear genetics.

  • News

    Partnering for a threatened species 

    10/02/2019 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife is partnering with residents, municipalities, land trusts, and others to monitor and restore the last remaining populations of eastern spadefoot from inland areas of New England.

  • News

    An unlikely pair of terns going strong for 13 years 

    9/27/2019 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    A pair of terns has been producing hybrid chicks in Buzzards Bay since 2007. Biologists were surprised to find offspring produced by a male arctic tern and a female common tern.

Locations of Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

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