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We have written and collected information regarding wildlife and wildlife issues you may encounter to help you better understand interacting and helping wildlife in your area.

Precautions for avian influenza (HPAI)

Cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been reported in wild birds in Massachusetts. While the risk of transmission of HPAI to humans is considered to be low, we recommend contacting your local animal control officer (ACO) for assistance if you have found a sick or injured bird. If Read More

White-tailed deer

Don’t Feed Deer in the Winter – Here’s Why

It is important to resist the urge to feed deer in the winter. Providing supplemental food for deer is not in their best interest, as their activity, movement, and feeding naturally decrease in the winter. Deer utilize their body fat and browse on natural available vegetation. Changes in diet caused Read More

Dead bird

Found a dead bird or birds. What to do.

If you encounter several dead birds in one place or have observed a group of sick birds, please refer to this fact sheet from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Download Fact Sheet

Sarcoptes scabeii

What to do if you found a wild animal and you think it has mange

It is not uncommon to see a wild mammal that looks debilitated and has a poor hair coat.  In many instances, this is a condition called “mange”, most often caused by the mite, Sarcoptes scabeii (Figure 1), that lives in the skin of the animal.  The mite burrows and lays Read More


Turtles Crossing the Road

In late spring and early summer, it is common to see turtles crossing roads as they search for mates and as females search for nesting sites. Injuries from collisions with motor vehicles are the most common reason we receive turtles at Tufts Wildlife Clinic. Here’s how you can help. IF Read More

Bird, Rabbit and Squirrel nests

All About Nests

Wildlife nests are everywhere and come in all different shapes and sizes. They are sometimes obvious and easily seen, but other times hidden, out of reach and difficult to locate. Very commonly, wildlife babies fall, are pushed or are even blown out of their nests by a high wind. If Read More

Pets outside

Pets and Wildlife

Dogs & Wildlife When outside with your dog, be aware that your dog may be an attractant to animals like coyotes or cougars that may view it as a threat or prey. You should also be sure to keep your dog clear of other wildlife such as porcupines, deer, raccoons, and rattlesnakes.  Dogs Read More

Bird window

Bird Strikes and Windows

Windows Can Be Deadly For Birds Ornithologists estimate that up to 100 million birds are killed each year by collisions with windows. These collisions usually involve small songbirds, such as finches, that may fall unnoticed to the ground. Sometimes the birds are merely stunned and recover in a few moments. Read More

Bird on feeder

Birdfeeders and Wildlife

Should I feed birds year-round? Feeding birds year-round is not necessary. Bird feeding is most helpful at times of when birds need the most energy, such as during temperature extremes, migration, and in late winter or early spring, when natural seed sources are depleted. Most birds don’t need your help Read More