The public is getting a chance to weigh in on proposed charges to bear and moose hunting in New Hampshire, including banning the use of chocolate as bait for bears after four bears were found dead last fall due to a chocolate overdose.
The Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing Wednesday night in Concord to discuss the proposals. Necropsy and toxicology reports confirmed the bears died of heart failure caused by theobromine, a toxic ingredient in chocolate.
The other proposal would reduce the number of permits available in the annual moose hunt lottery from 124 to 105. Officials have been studying the winter tick and other threats to the health and productivity of the state's moose population.