Five Wild Animals You Might See While Hiking in New England
Anywhere west of I-495 is bear country, especially in the fall, when these hefty vegetarians pack on the pounds in preparation for their big winter sleep.
As many as 2,000 of these 6-foot-tall antlered beasts are lumbering around Massachusetts forests looking for a hookup in October, a.k.a. prime moose-mating season.
Like their larger cousins, deer are particularly frisky right now; watch for lusty bachelor bucks at dusk and dawn.
Look to the sky to see these fair-weather raptors heading to their winter estates in Central and South America.
Eastern Garter Snakes
It’s getting chilly for cold-blooded types, meaning Massachusetts’ most abundant reptiles will bask in any patch of sun they can find.