Dec 31, 2015 5:02 PM

Officials: 1,400 bears harvested in New Hampshire, Vermont

The Associated Press

LEBANON — Wildlife officials say more than 1,400 black bears were harvested in New Hampshire and Vermont this year.

Officials tell the Valley News that the bear harvest varies every year depending on snow conditions and whether bears can find food.

Fewer bears left their dens in Vermont last year due to heavy snowfalls.

Andrew Timmins, the New Hampshire's bear biologist, says his state saw the third-largest tally of bears taken in 2014 at 786 black bears. New Hampshire's highest recorded yield was 812 in 2012. Vermont's highest was 723 in 2002.

Timmins says bears were attracted to New Hampshire's good yield of beech nuts and apples. He says tracking food sources often makes it easier to track bears and that they stayed active later in the season.

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