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


Open M–F, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (closed noon–12:30 for lunch)

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

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.

News from MassWildlife


Antlerless Deer Permit Announcement 

9/03/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Antlerless Deer Permits (ADPs) are required to harvest antlerless deer. Learn how to check if you were awarded a permit and how to get a surplus ADP.


Learn about MassWildlife’s habitat management projects at site walks this fall 

9/01/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife is leading a series of walks at locations across the Commonwealth. The public is invited to hear from habitat specialists and to view habitat restoration in action on MassWildlife lands.

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    Attention bird hunters 

    9/23/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Avian flu has been detected in Massachusetts and along the Atlantic coast. Humans are rarely impacted, but common eider populations have declined.

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    Read this if you keep backyard chickens 

    9/03/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Black bears killing chickens and damaging coops is becoming the number one human-bear conflict in Massachusetts. Coops and chicken wire provide inadequate protection from bears.

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    New members appointed to Fisheries and Wildlife Board 

    9/02/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    The Board's mandate is to protect and manage the wildlife of Massachusetts as an essential public natural resource for the use and enjoyment of all.

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    Only the unseen survive 

    9/01/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Awe-inspiring adaptations allow many species of Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) to disguise themselves from hungry predators.

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    Wood is good 

    8/29/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Downed trees and limbs that fall into waterbodies provide countless benefits to fish and the entire aquatic ecosystem.

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    Bear hunters: submit bear teeth for age study 

    8/26/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    If you harvest a black bear this season, please submit a tooth to MassWildlife.


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