Keeping your pets safe with wildlife around


Wild life sightings are happening more frequently in western Massachusetts neighborhoods, leaving many pet owners to worry. 

This week 22News was sent two separate videos from viewers of bobcats roaming in their backyards, but residents have also recently seen bears, coyotes and fox.

22News spoke to pet owners in Agawam who said although they enjoy seeing wildlife life in their neighborhoods, they’ve had to make some adjustments in order to keep their pets safe.

“We do have to keep shadow on a leash, but we live in a world that includes all kinds of animals and so we want to keep them safe, ” said Alisa Beaver. “But we respect the wildlife.”

Caral Potivn told 22News she doesn’t feed her dog outdoors or have any vegetation that would attract a wild animals.

The Humane Society says that’s one of the best things you can do to avoid attracting wild animals to your yard.

Dog parks are a safe and enclosed option for play time, but they also suggest putting a fence around your property that should be at least six feet tall and extend underground at least six inches.

Lastly the Human Society urges people to never leave their animals unattended outdoors.

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