Police Shoot Black Bear in Cornish

Jun 7, 2018

Credit Courtesy of Crawford Notch Campground

Cornish police shot and killed a bear Monday that had  repeatedly returned to a local property to feed on the homeowner's chickens. 

The homeowner, who runs a daycare onsite, first called the police Saturday.

Over the next two days, she and several officers tried numerous tactics to scare the animal away, but it became increasingly determined to get at the chickens, said Kevin Jordan, New Hampshire Fish and Game law enforcement chief. 

That left the officers with no other option, he said. 

In New Hampshire, it’s legal for residents to kill bears that are destroying their property. Jordan says these incidents happen occasionally across the state, upsetting some animal rights advocates and sportsmen who want a strong bear population to hunt.