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         Boston, MA 02133


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BANS wildlife and hybrids (except TICA or CFA registered feline hybrids at least 4 generations) not on the exempt or domesticated list as pets except vets treating wildlife.  USDA zoos are exempt from 131 sec. 19, 19A, 22 and 28.  Requires license for other purposes:

  • Class 4 Propagator’s (research or education by institutions, commercial use in conjunction with primary occupation, commercial propagation (except pets for species listed in 2.12 (11)), dog sporting events, USDA zoos, endangered or threatened species, aviculture, captive born non venomous turtles and reptiles on May 8, 1986, American bison not pets, service animals, and grandfathered animals)
    • Commercial
    • Noncommercial
    • Service animals


  • Class 6 Dealer’s (commercial transactions involving wildlife in public’s interest and not detrimental to native wildlife) (Mass. Gen. Laws 131-24)


  • Class 7 Possessor’s License (possession only of non-exempt bird or grandfathered mammal or ANY non exempt reptile or amphibian)


  • Class 8 Quail (release and recapture up to 25 quail to train dogs)


  • Class 9 Falconry


  • Class 10 Raptor Breeding (possess and propagate families Accipitridae, Falconidae, Tytonidae, and Strigidae)


  • Class 11 Raptor Salvage (rehabilitate or transport to falconer any Falconiformes)


  • Temporary Possession Permit (wild animal farms or zoos to exhibit wildlife off their property)


  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit (rehabilitate species other than threatened or endangered species, black bears, moose, venomous snakes or white tailed deer)


(Mass. Gen. Laws 131-29; 321 Code Mass. Regulations 2.12, 2.13, 2.15; Mass. Gen. Laws 131-19A, 131-23, 131-25 to 131-26, 131-77a)



EXOTIC ANIMALS

Ferrets may be possessed as pets, by a research facility, an educational institution or breeder.

(321 Code Mass. Regulations 2.07; Mass. Gen. Laws 131-77)

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Department of Agricultural Resources

      251 Causeway Street

      Boston, MA 02114           
      (617) 626-1700


NEXT MEETING: Aug 8


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     Department of Fish and Game

  Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
     1 Rabbit Hill Road

     Westborough, MA 01581 
     (508) 389-6300 

Board: Fisheries & Wildlife Board


Meets: monthly 


NEXT MEETING: Jul 17


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Special Permits:
DFW Boston office

Permit Section
(617) 626-1575


Falconry:
Field Headquarters in Westborough
(508) 389-6300