NH Fish and Game Officials are asking bear hunters to refrain from taking bears wearing radio collars. Although taking collared bears is legal these bears have particular value to the Department. Collared bears are used by Fish and Game to monitor productivity, reproductive success and habitat use. There are currently only 10 collared bears out of an estimated 6,100 bears in the state. A considerable amount of time and effort is invested in monitoring a study population of the 10 bears, and their long-term survival is important to the departments understanding of bears.
The New Hampshire bear hunting season started September 1 and is off to an average start in terms of harvest rate. The statewide harvest to date is estimated at 300 bears.
For more information on bear hunting in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/hunting/bear.html.