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Connecticut DEEP Wildlife Division

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Our mission is to advance the conservation, use, and appreciation of Connecticut’s wildlife resources.

When you buy a hunting license, pay an excise tax on hunting and shooting equipment, purchase a Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp, or contribute to the Endangered Species/Wildlife Income Tax Check-off Fund, you are contributing to wildlife conservation in Connecticut. While the Wildlife Division receives a majority of its funding from hunters, Division efforts and activities benefit all wildlife and habitat, as well as state residents.

Here’s what the Connecticut Wildlife Division does for wildlife and you…

Conserving our natural heritage

  • Restoring habitat and native species, including New England cottontail, wild turkey, fisher, osprey, beaver, and many more.
  • Conserving threatened and endangered species such as bald eagle, peregrine falcon, Puritan tiger beetle, piping plover, wood and box turtles, and timber rattlesnakes.
  • Sustaining wildlife for the next generation and ensuring that our grandchildren will still be able to see birds, butterflies, salamanders, frogs, and bobcats.

Education and Outreach

  • Keeping the public informed about wildlife through news articles, publications (Connecticut Wildlife magazine, Wildlife Highlights monthly newsletter), Facebook, wildlife programs and events, and the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center in Burlington.
  • Educating a new generation of hunters through our hunter safety classes on firearms, bowhunting, and trapping, and offering new opportunities for hunters to learn more about species specific hunting, game processing, and other topics.
  • Creating opportunities for people to participate in wildlife recreational activities, such as wildlife watching and hunting.
  • Creating a volunteer corps of trained individuals to help with research and outreach initiatives through the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program.
  • Providing presentations on wildlife biology and habitat management to land trusts, conservation and sportsmen’s organizations, and college classes.

Land conservation and public access

  • Managing more than 30,000 acres of state-owned wildlife management areas for wildlife and public enjoyment.
  • Maintaining public access to wildlife management areas, parking areas, and wildlife viewing platforms.
  • Working with towns, state forests and parks, and private landowners to create habitat management plans and conservation planning initiatives.

Helping residents learn how to live with wildlife

  • Offering advice and technical assistance on how to deal with problem wildlife, including beaver and deer damage mitigation and conflicts with black bear, turkeys, Canada geese, and coyotes.
  • Providing information on dealing with distressed wildlife.