Aug 11, 2017 3:43 PM

NH Fish and Game reminds residents to steer clear of bears

CONCORD — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials would like remind visitors and locals to remain cautious because coming in contact with a bear is still possible.

As the seasons begin to change, homeowners, campers, and the rest of the public are urged to continue to be vigilant and responsible in bear country.

Even though the peak period of conflicts between bears and humans is June and July, bear activity around human-occupied areas can continue through August and occasionally September.

"Campgrounds are full, restaurant dumpsters are overflowing, and human-related food attractants remain highly abundant across the landscape. When these conditions exist, bears will exploit these feeding opportunities," said Andrew Timmins, bear biologist with NH Fish and Game.

Campers and hikers can avoid conflicts with bears by maintaining a clean campsite and storing food, garbage and aromatic items, such as toothpaste and other toiletries, out of reach of bears (not in your tent!)

READ: Here's how you can be responsible in NH bear country, starting with your birdfeeders!

You can help by following the guidelines here.

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