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Warmer Weather Bringing Wildlife Sightings to Western Mass.


SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB) — As temperatures warm up, we look forward to spending more and more time outside, but we aren’t the only ones.

Wildlife is waking up and coming out to join us.

Tracy Root is the lead animal control officer in the town of Southwick. This time of year, she is used to getting many calls of wildlife out and about – even in her own yard.

“I have bobcats at my house. I have a small farm and I love seeing them, they walk across my back fields. I’ve got chickens, so they’re looking at my chickens,” Root says.

There’s been more than one report of a bobcat wandering around town. Coyotes have been spotted too.

Root suspects the calls for bears will come soon.

Because of the consistent cold this winter, animals are hungry and looking for a nice, easy meal.

“This winter, with the hard freeze, it was impossible for them to get to mice and moles, so they are looking for squirrels and birds and things like that,” Root explains.

It’s common to have wildlife in residential communities, especially in backwards with wooded areas. However, there are things you can do to keep the animals away.

“Take out your bird feeders because they will be after the bird feeders,” Root adds.

Also, tie up those trash bags to get rid of any food source. That means to keep an extra eye out for your small pets too.

“Your cats, your little dogs…so be very vigilant both night and day. Don’t expect a fence to keep them safe.”

The best bet is if you see an unfamiliar friend outside, leave them alone and they should do the same for you.

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