How to deal with a bear in my house in Massachusetts | Black bear

How to deal with a bear in my house

If you discover a bear in your living space, give it a clear escape route and do not corner it.  Do not lock the bear in a room.  Exit the house and leave doors open to provide the bear an escape route.  Contact local police and your state wildlife agency immediately.  Once the bear leaves, investigate how it gained access to your living space and take corrective and preventative action. If bears were finding food on your property, remove all food attractants immediately. 


Legal, Regulated Hunting in Massachusetts

Legal, Regulated Hunting in Massachusetts

The use of legal, regulated, hunting by licensed hunters can be useful for reducing local wildlife populations and can help reduce nuisance problems in Massachusetts. You can allow hunters on to your property, provide a place for them to park to access nearby forest, and/or give them permission to hunt within 500 feet of your residence. Please also keep in mind that each town may have additional by-laws that restrict hunting and the discharge of firearms.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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