Animals and Wildlife

Animal Control Officer

Jennifer Condon serves as the animal control officer for the Town of Lincoln. Contact the Lincoln Police Department at 781-259-8113 with any concerns or questions and the Animal Control Officer will call you back as soon as possible.

Dog Licenses and Leash Laws

While there is no 'leash law' in Lincoln, all dogs must be kept under control when out in public. Dogs found wandering unattended, especially on roadways or on other's property, may be picked up by the Animal Control Officer until the owner can take control of the dog, especially if the dog does not have its tags/license.

All dogs 6 months or older must be licensed by the town. For more information on dog licenses, click HERE

Wildlife Around Lincoln

Lincoln is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, skunks, coyotes, and even the occasional bear. While spotting wildlife around Lincoln is a common occurrence, most animals tend to avoid contact with humans and keep to themselves. Some animals can become a nuisance, usually when they are foraging for food and garbage, bird feed, or pet food is left out and accessible. For more information about wildlife in Massachusetts, visit the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

If you are having problems with local wildlife, contact a licensed Problem Animal Control (PAC) agent. To find a listing of local PAC agents, click HERE

Wildlife Tips

  • Do not feed or leave food for wildlife.
  • Close off crawl spaces under decks, porches, and sheds.
  • Most animals will avoid contact with humans, but may become aggressive if they or their young feel threatened.
  • Deer are most active during dawn and dusk. If you see a deer while driving, slow down and use caution as they may dash out in front of your vehicle.
  • While normally nocturnal/crepuscular, raccoons can also be active during daylight hours if foraging to feed their young or food is abundantly available. 
  • If you move a turtle off of a roadway, be sure to move it in the direction it is traveling.