Five Wild Animals You Might See While Hiking in New England

Marion Larson, of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, gives us five reasons to keep our eyes peeled while hiking this season.

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Black Bears

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.

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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.

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White-Tailed Deer

Like their larger cousins, deer are particularly frisky right now; watch for lusty bachelor bucks at dusk and dawn.

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Broad-Winged Hawks

Look to the sky to see these fair-weather raptors heading to their winter estates in Central and South America.

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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.