NH Fish and Game to trap, relocate 3 bear cubs, mother after petition, governor's request
HANOVER — Plans to euthanize a mother bear and her three yearlings that have been roaming neighborhoods near Dartmouth College have been changed after Gov. Chris Sununu asked that they not be killed.
"Don't worry, we're not going to kill the bears," Gov. Chris Sununu said during his remarks at the Project Search graduation Thursday.
Jane Vachon, from the N.H. Fish and Game Public Affairs Office said Fish and Game has decided to trap and relocate the bears.
Sununu said he shares people's concerns "when it comes to finding a safe and human way to remove the threat these bears present."
N.H. Fish and Game made the initial decision to euthanize the bears after they broke into a home looking for food Saturday.
Mark Ellingwood, wildlife biologist and chief of the Wildlife Division for Fish and Game, told NH1 News, "Unfortunately, this problem has escalated (since) the bears have entered a home, and that obligates us to dispatch the animals."
When news of the decision was made public Wednesday, a petition was created that sought to save the bears. By noontime Friday the petition had gathered 9,386 of its 10,000 signature goal.
Sununu said he has spoken to the Fish and Game Department, and "we are working on seeing what alternatives are available to resolve the situation."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.