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Bears Invade Hanover

The saga of the Hanover sow and her four little cubs has grown more complicated. As the Valley News has noted, Mama bear is now sporting a GPS tracking device, and various governmental bodies are following her progress as she moves from one site to another. She seems to settle into a limited area for 4-8 hours and then move on to a new location. Each “C” number below represents a spot where she and presumably her cubs were to be found hour by hour from May 28-30 — the GPS tracker reports in hourly. The athletic complex at the top of the image lies directly behind Hanover High:

Bear Map 2018B.jpg

The Town’s and NH Fish and Game’s original plan had been to wait until the snow cleared from the northern part of the state, trap the five bears, and then take them upstate for release. But a new wrinkle has appeared in the situation. It seems that there are more bears around than just this one family, as Andrew Timmins, Bear Project Leader for New Hampshire Fish and Game, reports in a letter sent on Thursday to people living on the front lines of this complicated interspecies conflict:

Hanover Bear Timmins letter.jpg

Who says that life in rural New Hampshire is boring?

Addendum: The view from my back porch on Thursday evening:

Bear May 31, 2018.jpg

The Mama bear’s GPS collar is clearly visible.

Addendum: An article in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript reports:

May has been an active month for the state’s population of 5,000 bears, likely due to the late spring this year, Rob Calvert, a New Hampshire Fish and Game biologist and wildlife damage specialist, said Tuesday. While springtime brings a boom in bear sightings as they come out of hibernation, the population in the state remains about the same, Calvert said.

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