Wildlife activity increasing in western Massachusetts as breeding season begins


Moose and deer are more active right now because it’s their breeding season, and bears are busy searching for food before they enter hibernation.

Drivers are being told to beware, as fall breeding season means more sightings of moose and whitetail deer in Massachusetts.

One 22News viewer in Belchertown sent us a  video of a moose in their yard and a deer.

Mass Wildlife is warning drivers about the active season for these animals and said you should be particularly cautious in the early morning and evening hours.

Also spotted this time of year? Bears!

One bear that looked like it was limping, appeared in another video also from Belchertown.

As they get ready to hibernate for the winter, bears are busy looking for food. One was even spotted in downtown Amherst last week.

“He heard a little scuffling in the back, he was just going to check it out, and when he went out, he heard a bang and a crash and it was just this big old bear wandering around,” said Mathew Ailinger of Amherst. “I was surprised by how strong it was because it snapped the chains right off of the dumpster.”

Bears were also spotted in downtown Northampton last week.

“Does it surprise me that bears are coming to town?” asked Eric Goldscheider, also of Amherst. “I guess something in the ecosystem must be driving them in this direction. I guess we’ll have to figure out what it is.”

Homeowners are encouraged to empty their bird feeders and secure their trash to avoid attracting bears to their property.

Mass Wildlife said drivers shouldn’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer in the road because they are likely to run out of the way, moose, however, are less likely to move, and motorists should break when they are spotted on or near the road.

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