What’s Bedford Thinking: Actually, What’s Bedford Spotting? 

May 31, 2024
This snapping turtle, estimated around two feet in length, was seen crossing Springs Road near the edge of Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital this week. Photo by Bruce Wisentaner

This week there was a bear sighting on Hancock Street near the bike path in the center of town. Black bears are generally not aggressive and for the past handful of years seem to have passed through at this season.   

Several people also remarked on a large snapping turtle on Springs Road through the VA Hospital this week, and some videos of coyote pups playing in a backyard appeared on social media. 

While none of these animals are uncommon to the area, they still can add a little thrill, excitement, and interest – or fear and concern. 

With almost all wildlife, it’s recommended to respect their space, stay far away, don’t engage, secure your trash receptacles, keep your pets on leashes, bring in your bird feeders, and make a lot of noise if necessary. 

That said, if you happen to be close enough to snap a picture, send it our way! Share your pictures to [email protected] or use our Submit form!

So What’s Bedford Spotting? 

What bigger wildlife have you encountered around town so far this Spring? (mark all that apply)

  • Deer (26%, 148 Votes)
  • Coyote (14%, 82 Votes)
  • Fox (11%, 63 Votes)
  • Snake (10%, 60 Votes)
  • Raccoon (10%, 58 Votes)
  • Snapping Turtle (8%, 44 Votes)
  • Skunk (4%, 25 Votes)
  • Fisher Cat (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Bald Eagle (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Beaver (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Bobcat (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Unicorn (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Bear (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Bigfoot (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Weasel (2%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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