Bear killed by Nashua police will become part of NH landfill like most of city's roadkill
A bear that Nashua police shot on Monday night will now be buried among all the other items at the city landfill.
Assistant Director of Public Works Andy Patrician said the city disposes of all animals at Four Hills Landfill on West Hollis Street, but usually, the animals consist of roadkill.
“Usually, it’s just the occasional deer that gets hit on the road,” Patrician said. “This is the first time that I’ve ever seen a bear.”
A photo purporting to be of the bear lying dead at the landfill circulated through social media on Wednesday renewing outrage over police shooting and killing it as well as at those who followed the bear around. Patrician said he was unable to verify if the photo is of the actual bear.
Patrician said the bear will be mixed in with the work face with the rest of the trash, then mixed with dirt and buried.
The process is much different from that of New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Andy Timmins, Wildlife Biologist II and bear project leader, said the department finds a spot deep in the woods to bury animals to decompose.
Timmons said he’s not sure why the Nashua Police Department didn’t contact Fish and Game before shooting the animal.
He said they generally are called for situations like this.
“Bears wandering into urban areas isn’t a new thing,” Timmons said.
However, Nashua police Lt. Thomas Bolton said his agency contacted Fish and Game twice: once to ask for assistance in managing the situation and the second time about the disposal of the bear.
The decision to kill the bear was made because police said there was a large number of people following the bear, as well as unsupervised children playing in the area.
In May, Fish and Game had planned to euthanize four bears in Hanover after they broke into a home. After much outcry and the involvement of Gov. Chris Sununu, the department instead relocated the bears.
The department has a very active campaign to help human avoid conflict with bears, such as bringing in bird feeders and keeping distance.