In NH, fewer rogue bears
Bears in Warren have been a problem lately, but wildlife officials are getting fewer bear complaints elsewhere in the state. (JOHN GREEN PHOTO)
So why has Warren had a disproportionate number of bear complaints? They’ve been rummaging through trash containers and strewing the contents on the ground, and making more contact than usual with sometimes startled residents, business owners and campground guests.
“There were upwards of 30 bears eating there over about 10 years,” he said.
A problem has also developed more recently in the neighboring town of Wentworth, according to Timmins, where some residents had also been feeding bears for many years, but recently decided they didn’t want the bears to come around anymore.
Timmins said trash containers that are not being properly closed and latched would be a powerful draw for the large animals. That’s a concern that seems to be being addressed in Warren, with some advice provided by a federal government bear specialist on the proper use of containers.
Rob Calvert, also a wildlife biologist with Fish and Game, pointed out earlier this month that for the past three or four years, feeding bears has been against the law in New Hampshire. The first offense usually results in a warning, with citations and fines following for subsequent offenses, he said.
By last Wednesday, she’d noticed a decrease in their activity, she said.
“In the morning, we can see that they have had their paws on our tables,” at the outdoor ice cream stand.
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