Watch out for these two predators on Massachusetts' highest mountain

The warm weather is here, which means people can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like swimming, walking, biking, and hiking. It's truly a blessing to live in Massachusetts. With all the outdoor opportunities we have, along with the beauty of all four seasons, the ability to watch a Boston Red Sox game, and more – who wouldn't want to be here?

Speaking of hiking, the summit of the Mount Greylock Reservation is officially open for the season. This includes the War Memorial Tower and Bascom Lodge. If you haven't hiked Mount Greylock yet, put it on your bucket list as it is a once in a lifetime experience with gorgeous scenery. For more information on Mount Greylock, including hiking trails, upcoming events, guided tours and more, visit here and the Mount Greylock State Reservation Facebook page.

On your tour to Mount Greylock you may come across some furry friends

One thing to know: You may encounter furry friends at the summit of Mount Greylock, and maybe even along the way. According to AZ Animals, a number of animals roam the state's highest point, including red-tailed hawks, white-tailed deer, ravens, red foxes and North American porcupines—the kinds of animals you'd expect to see here.

When hiking and spending time on Mount Greylock, keep in mind that two predators may also occasionally be present in the area. These animals include the following:

Bobcats have been spotted on the summit of Mount Greylock. Fortunately, bobcats are not aggressive toward humans, but if you encounter one on the summit (or anywhere else), be sure to give it space, make noise so the bobcat knows you're there, and if you have small children with you, be sure to pick them up. Bobcats have been known to kill animals much larger than themselves.

Black bears are another predator that roams the summit of Mount Greylock. If you encounter a black bear, keep your distance and back away slowly. If that doesn't work, make loud noises (whistles, noisemakers) and wave your arms, but never run from a black bear. Keep children close to you if you are present during a black bear encounter.

Get out and enjoy Mount Greylock this summer and fall. It's an absolutely breathtaking experience. Just keep in mind that some furry friends may be there at times too. Respect them and give them their space and you should be fine. You can see the full list of animals on the summit of Mount Greylock here.

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