Nita the Bear pictured after raising the flag in at Clark's Trading Post in 2002.

Jul 1, 2016 11:14 AM

A couple of wild bears try getting in on the act at Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln

LINCOLN - Looks like Clark's Trading Post has some amateurs trying to get into the act. A couple of wild bears have made visits in recent weeks to the tourist attraction known worldwide for its live bear shows.

Maureen Clark of Clark's Trading Post said the train conductor spotted a large bear Friday morning near the theme park during its first train ride of the day. A smaller bear was chased away a few weeks ago by Clark's officials and police.

Clark said it's not unusual for wild bears to make public appearances in New Hampshire this time of year. She said bears are coming out of the woods "everywhere" in search of mates and food.

Clark's Trading Post started in 1928 when Florence and Ed Clark opened a roadside attraction for White Mountain travelers. It was first called "Ed's Clark's Eskimo Sled Dog Ranch" and featured tours of their pure-bred Eskimo sled dogs with a store offering souvenirs, tonic and maple candy. The Clarks bought their first black bear in 1931 and soon the family was teaching and training bears for show work.

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