Proper management of beaver populations is needed to address the negative aspects of beavers. Health departments have the authority to determine whether a complaint is caused by beaver or muskrat and whether the situation constitutes a threat to public health and/or safety, as defined in the Massachusetts Beaver Law, M.G. L. c. 131, and s. 80A. CMMCP will assist cities and towns with beaver conflicts on a case-by-case basis.
CMMCP supports and follows the recommended practices for beaver management per the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Beaver activity will not be interrupted unless it becomes a threat to public health and safety per the Massachusetts Beaver Law M.G.L. c. 131 S. 80A. CMMCP will fully adhere to the permitting process as regulated by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) and the Department of Public Health (DPH).
CMMCP staff have been actively gaining the necessary licenses and knowledge over the past few years to be able to deliver this new service to member cities and towns. We have attended seminars and workshops to obtain licenses, interact with biologists, trappers and beaver mitigation experts. View a brochure from a seminar held in 2013 by the Northeastern Mosquito Control Association (NMCA) here: Beaver Management in Massachusetts
Certain restrictions apply to this program, and CMMCP reserves the right to determine a project is not feasible.