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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, hunting, hiking, birding, and other other outdoor recreation in Massachusetts are all open. Out of state visitors must follow current Massachusetts public health guidelines regarding COVID-19.

MassWildlife's COVID-19 response 

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Division of Fisheries and Wildlife


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


Building is currently closed to the public; please call for assistance.

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


2020 marks 30 years of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act 

12/27/2019 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MESA helps protect the most vulnerable animal and plant species of Massachusetts and the habitats upon which they depend.


MassWildlife: COVID-19 Response 

12/01/2020 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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    Species Spotlight: Shortnose sturgeon 

    12/01/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    December’s Species Spotlight is the shortnose sturgeon. Learn more about this endangered species in Massachusetts, how MassWildlife biologists are working to protect this fish, and what you can do to help.

  • News

    Remembering former Board member Nancy Begin 

    12/01/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Sportswoman and dedicated community leader Nancy Begin spent her life advocating for fish and wildlife conservation in the Commonwealth.

  • News

    Avoid decorating with invasive plants 

    11/29/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Don't deck the halls with invasive species!

  • News

    Give a gift on the wild side! 

    11/25/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Gift ideas for the wildlife enthusiast on your list.

  • News

    Some like it hot, trout do not 

    11/03/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    In a changing climate, brook trout and other species that rely on cold water may have a hard time finding suitable habitat year-round. Partners are working to gather data and find patches of cold water where fish can shelter during heat and drought.

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    Help the animals and plants of Massachusetts thrive 

    11/02/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    You can make an impact! Don't wait until Giving Tuesday to let us know you care.

Locations of Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

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