FAQs - ANIMALS & WILDLIFE

1. Who should I contact if I have a problem regarding a wild animal?

2. What constitues an emergency?

3. What if I see a bird (i.e., sea gull, crow, etc.) that appears to be injured?

4. Who should I contact regarding domestic animal issues?

1. Who should I contact if I have a problem regarding a wild animal?

The Department of Natural Resources is available to help with emergencies regarding wild animals, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Should you encounter an emergency with a wild animal outside of these hours, you may contact the Police Department at 508-394-1314. For safety reasons, do not attempt to handle the animal yourself.  

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2. What constitutes an emergency?

  • A hurt wild animal that may pose a danger to the public.
  • A wild animal that becomes trapped in your home and poses an immediate threat to your safety.
  • Any animal that appears to be in distress (rabid, mange, etc.)

Other possible issues that the Department of Natural Resources does NOT constitute as an EMERGENCY are as follows:

  • Animals that may nest under decks, sheds, in gargages (skunks, raccoons, rabbits, etc.)
  • Animals that may lay eggs on or near your property (i.e., turtles, snakes, etc.)
  • Animals that may wander through your property
  • Dead animals found on your property

You may refer to the Department of Natural Resources page on "Living with Wildlife" for helpful tips for homeowners by clicking here.

The Department of Natural Resources does not remove dead animals from your property. The property owner is responsible for the removal of all dead animals located on the property.  

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3. What if I see a bird (i.e., sea gull, crow, etc.) that appears to be injured?

Please contact the Department of Natural Resources during operating business hours. Please note that the Department will respond to these calls as an officer is available. The Department may not be readily available to come out right away, but, will respond when available. During non-business hours, please contact the Police Department's NON-EMERGENCY line at 508-394-1314.

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4. Who should I contact regarding domestic animal issues?

All domestic animal calls should be referred to the Town of Dennis Animal Control Department. The office can be reached by calling 774-352-1400.

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