Jun 19, 2015 3:36 PM

NH officials ban using chocolate as bait for bears


Cute and cuddly to some but a prize to be sought after for N.H. hunters - bears.

But now there are new and potentially more expensive rules on hunting them.

“Potentially if humans ate enough of it, it could be toxic to them also,” said Glenn Normandeau of N.H. Fish and Game.

Normandeau is referring to a chemical in chocolate that killed 4 bears in N.H. last summer.

The department partnered with a house committee to ban the use of chocolate in the upcoming 2016 season.

Hunters told NH1 News the ban forces them to spend extra cash for different bait.

“Yeah it's terrible that those four bears died, but we don't need to be going into this and shutting everything down right away," said Matt Italia, a hunter who is pro-chocolate baiting. " Let’s do a little research.”

Sporting Goods stores are worried about different baits will be more expensive, and eventually drive business away.

“We financially can't afford to do that," said Karen Courchesne of K&S Outdoor Adventures. "If we did we'd have to raise our prices and our clients would end up going to other states."

Fish and Game stands by the new rule.

“We believe it’s our responsibility not to be putting stuff out in the woods that is potentially lethal to wildlife,” Normandeau said.

So in 2016, no chocolate in N.H. woods - no exceptions.


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