Many locals think they’ve been spotting wolves across the Pioneer Valley. 

Residents of Blandford took to Facebook to voice their thinking that wolves have been released to help lower the population of moose and bears. But there are no wolves in the area, although moose and bear populations are rising.

If you think you’ve been seeing wolves across western Massachusetts, chances are you’re actually seeing coyotes.

Multiple wolf sightings have been reported recently, causing many locals of Blandford to discuss on social media whether wolves were released to deal with the increasing population of moose and bears. 

But Dave Wattles with the Department of Fish and Wildlife of Massachusetts said there are no wolves in this area, and the closest location there could be some is in southern Ontario, although bear and moose populations are definitely on the rise. 

“There are fewer ticks parasitizing the moose, and so the populations may be increased, or I at least hope so,” Professor Cathryn Lipson told 22News. “Bear populations from all accounts are definitely on the increase.”

Lipson said more bears and moose are actually great for the local ecosystem.

If you can safely take a photo or video of wildlife in your yard, you can send those photos to Reportit@wwlp.com.