Spring weather causing wildlife to become more active

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The spring thaw makes people more active, but it also makes wildlife more active. 22News is working for you with some tips you need to know to co-exist with Mother Nature.

There have been reports of lots of deer sightings and bears waking up from hibernation. When bears wake up in the spring, they’re pretty hungry because they haven’t eaten in three months.

MassWildlife recommends you take in your birdfeeders. It’s also a good idea to put your trash out the morning of pickup, not the night before.

Don’t feed your pets outside, and when you let them out, it’s safer to go out with them to ward off an unwanted visitor.

Marion Larson, Chief of Information & Education Division of Fisheries and Wildlife told 22News, “Continue to do all the things that you do because wildlife will tend to want to avoid you. There is a lot of wildlife in the Connecticut River Valley in western Massachusetts in rural, suburban and urban areas.”

The population of black bears in Massachusetts is estimated at more than 4,000 and growing. Skunks, raccoons, fox and coyote are also common near residential areas.

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