NH Fish and Game tagged nuisance bears to track any future interaction with humans
HANOVER — New Hampshire Fish and Game said the three bear yearlings (bears between one and two years of age) that had broken into a home have been tagged so they can be identified if they come into contact with humans again.
Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Division Chief for New Hampshire Fish and Game said he hopes the yearlings are successful in their new location. The bears were successfully trapped and relocated to an undisclosed location on Saturday and Sunday.
The yearlings' mother, still has not been caught but Fish and Game Officials say they believe she is still in the area and they will continue to work until she is also trapped and relocated.
Asked if it was common for the yearlings to be away from their mother, Ellingwood said, yes. For bears typically born in the winter months of the year before, the sow would begin pushing her cubs away around June/July, when the yearling is a year-and-a-half.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game website there are approximately between 4,800 and 5,000 bears statewide.
Fish and game say people should not feed bears or or allow them to feed through improper food or garbage storage. Bird feeders should be removed by April 1 to avoid bears becoming too accustomed to humans, or what they call bear "habituation."