Bears

Something Wild
12:47 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Something Wild: What Is Torpor? (And Other Techniques For Surviving Winter)

Black bear in torpor. (courtesy North American Bear Center)

Here at Something Wild, we’ve been thinking a lot about winter and the different strategies animals use to get through these cold, harsh months. There are quite a few techniques to survive winter if you don’t live in a toasty house with central heating or a roaring wood stove.

The top 5 are:

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New England Snapshot
4:27 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

In Maine, Opposing Sides Gear Up For Battle Over Bear Hunting Referendum

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Supporters of a referendum to ban the use of bait, hounds and traps in Maine's annual bear hunt began canvassing neighborhoods in Portland over the weekend. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting say they don't oppose hunting in general, just the use of what they consider cruel and inhumane practices. They plan to contact tens of thousands of voters across the state over the next few weeks to make their case. Opponents are also gearing up.  And both sides are feeling confident as the election draws closer.

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NH News
2:06 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

N.H. Fish & Game: More Bears Being Killed This Year

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State Fish and Game officials say they’ve seen more bears put down this year than usual.

They’re asking homeowners to take precautions to avoid drawing them out.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Bear Biologist Andy Timmins says in a typical year, the department and homeowners combine to kill roughly 15 bears because of so-called nuisance conflicts.

He says this year, they’re already past that.

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NH News
7:50 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Rangers Warn Of Increase In Bear Encounters In White Mountains

A black bear spotted in NH
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The number of encounters with bears in the White Mountain National Forest is on the rise early this season, prompting rangers to issue early warnings and step up enforcement of safety rules.

Colleen Mainville, a spokeswoman for the national forest, says the black bears are getting bold. One tried to enter a tent while another was searching the back of pickup trucks for food. There are an estimated 4,800 to 5,000 bears in the state.

Most people will never see a bear but when the critters find food, they learn that they can mooch a meal from the two-legged visitors.

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