New England residents see increase in wildlife appearances as weather gets warmer

Franklin County

More and more viewers have been sending in photos of bears, foxes, and coyotes this spring.

Spring is the season for growth when plants are blossoming, but there’s a hidden danger that happens every year. 

If you haven’t already, you could be seeing more wild animals walking through neighborhoods.

When spring arrives,  bears and other wildlife start to wake up after months of hibernation, which is why you’ll see more animals roaming your backyards. 

22News went to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton to see if there’s more wildlife than in previous years. 

“People have been living with wildlife in this part what we call the United States for tens of thousands of years,” Joan Walsh of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary told 22News. “But even in our own yards, when we make our yards hospitable to wildlife by planting native plants, you can get some great stuff going on even in your own yard.”

Parts of western Massachusetts attract an extraordinary variety of wildlife, thanks to its rich soil, which is characteristic of the Connecticut River.

“We’ve seen fox, bay fox, mother and dad fox, they seem to hunt around,” Jane Punska from Northampton told 22News. “We live at the edge of a conservation area.”

Wildlife officials say humans have been encroaching on wildlife habitat for years, which increases the contact between humans and animal populations.

The best advice is to keep a decent distance away from wildlife.

Food, garbage, or bird feeders are the number one reason for attracting bears. 

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