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Mar 22, 2015 9:16 AM

NH Fish and Game officials to hear comment on moose, bear hunts

The Associated Press

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will conduct a public hearing on changes to the state's moose and bear hunts.

One proposed rule would ban the use of chocolate and cocoa derivatives in bear bait. This follows an incident last fall where four bears died because of chocolate toxicosis.

Another rule would reduce the total number of permits available in the annual moose hunt lottery from 124 to 105. The moose population has been hit hard lately by an increase in winter ticks and biologists are in the midst of a three-year study to determine how the ticks and other threats are affecting the herd.

The department will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 8, in Concord. Written comments must be received by April 16.


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