New Hampshire Fish and Game

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How do we know how many fish there are in the sea? How many birds there are in the trees?

When biologists come to us with the estimated number of bison on the Great Plains, it’s easy to imagine where that estimate comes from, but what about the number of newts in the forest?

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Last week, 12 deer were found dead in South Hampton. On Tuesday New Hampshire Fish and Game announced the cause of those deaths: feeding by humans.

Dan Bergeron is a deer project leader with New Hampshire Fish and Game. He joined All Things Considered with more on what happened.

 What were these deer fed, and why was that bad for them?

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How's this for a typical day at the office: get into a helicopter, fly just above treetops in parts of northern New Hampshire, and find moose to tag, track and monitor. It's part of the work New Hampshire Fish and Game is doing to study the effect of winter tick and other parasites on the state's moose population.

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Rescuers searched a flank of Mount Washington Saturday night and early Sunday morning to find a 55-year-old Massachusetts man who suffered from a “pre-existing medical condition” while descending the Jewell Trail, according to a news release from Fish and Game.

The search began about 9:30 Saturday night after Chris Trottier of Amesbury was reported missing by his wife.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officials will hold a public hearing on proposed rules to establish a hike safe card that would forgive hikers for rescue expenses they might face if they're negligent.

The hearing is scheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord.

The cards will take effect in January under legislation approved in June.

Proceeds from sale of the cards would help offset the cost of rescues, which range from $200 to over $50,000.

Following the rescue of a 75-year-old man from Bond Cliff in The White Mountains safety officials are warning that while it is beginning to look like spring around the state it can still be winter in the mountains.

The man, David Humphrey of Falmouth, had had planned to cover 21 miles from the Crawford Notch to the Lincoln Woods trail on Sunday.

That would require following the Bondcliff Trail which crosses several 4,000 footers but he was only equipped for a day hike.

Funding Fish And Game

Apr 2, 2014
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This agency does much more than serve hunters and anglers, it’s also involved in search and rescue, land conservation, and habitat management.  Despite all these responsibilities, hunting and fishing license fees are the main revenue source. Now, some in the Statehouse are taking hard look expanding that base - to hikers, canoers, and the many others who enjoy the great outdoors.

GUESTS:

A lost Massachusetts hiker was rescued Thursday afternoon after spending a bitterly cold night in the White Mountains.

The hiker killed Thursday in a fall on Mount Washington was from Canada, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

He was identified as Luc Paquette, age 25, of Boisbriand, Quebec.

Paquette was hiking was hiking with friends and left the Tuckerman Ravine trail to get water and a better look at a waterfall when he slipped and fell about 150 feet.

A 25-year-old hiker was fatally injured in a fall Thursday afternoon while coming down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Mount Washington, according to Sgt. Mark Ober of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The man was hiking with friends and left the trail to get water and a better look at a waterfall when he slipped and fell about 150 feet “landing on a small ledge approximately three quarters of the way up the Headwall," Ober wrote in a news release.

A search for a man reported missing along the Baker River in Plymouth will resume Monday morning, says Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Michael Gatto, 51, of Thornton, was reported missing Saturday evening by a companion, with whom he had been camping along the banks of the river near the Plymouth High School.

The search Saturday night and Sunday included the waters and shorelines of the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Almost 150 years ago loggers in the North Country began changing the course of Nash Stream to make it easier to float logs downstream to the Upper Ammonoosuc River in Stark. But an effort is underway to get Nash Stream back to what Mother Nature intended.

Nash Stream is almost 14 miles long. It runs through the state-owned Nash stream Forest and its problems began around 1870.

Brady Carlson

Seeing a moose in New Hampshire isn’t supposed to be news – unless the moose is in a more developed area, like the south end of Concord… and the person seeing it is a public radio host.

That’s right. On Saturday morning All Things Considered host Brady Carlson found a moose in his yard. Twice. The moose even sat down for a rest at one point, though, thankfully, he avoided the Carlsons' vegetable garden.

Bears In Seacoast Spark Anxiety, Questions

Jun 8, 2013

Two separate black bear sightings in Portsmouth earlier this week startled residents and raised new questions about bears in urban areas.

Early this week, two Portsmouth residents reported black bear sightings to police. Officers responding to the calls said they believed the bears were cubs, but were unsure if a larger bear was with them. Bear sightings are rare instances in the Seacoast, but N.H. Fish and Game’s Wildlife Damage Specialist Rob Calvert says that this behavior isn’t entirely out of character.

House lawmakers will hear a bill Thursday  that would make New Hampshire the first state to make people pay fees any time they are rescued by Fish and Game.

Backers of the proposal say they want to help Fish and Game recoup costs of expensive rescue operations.

But opponents, including the state’s volunteer search and rescue outlets, say this bill is a bad idea that could put people, and the state’s appeal to hikers at risk.

Hikers who were in trouble in the White Mountains, exhausted, climbing out a helicopter…

Explaining what went wrong….

Warmer Seasons Pose Danger to Local Moose

Jul 17, 2012

Warm winters have been tipping the balance between New Hampshire moose and the winter ticks that feed on them.

The ticks have benefited from warmer temperatures, and their increasing numbers have become a problem for moose.

When too many ticks latch on to the moose, it suffers blood loss, hair loss, becomes sick, and sometimes dies.

Kristine Rines, a wildlife biologist with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, says the real enemy is weather.

New Hampshire Bats Receive Support

Jul 11, 2012
Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome
Marvin Moriarty / USFWS

This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted more than $950 thousand to 30 states with bats affected by a fungal disease called ‘white-nose syndrome.’ New Hampshire received more than $14 thousand.

State Fish and Game wildlife biologist Emily Brunkhurst says white-nose has severely impacted local bats.

In a couple of species we are seeing 99 percent declines.

State Fish and Game officials will use the grant to monitor bat populations and raise public support.

A piping plover chick walking on the sand
Eva Powers / New Hampshire Fish and Game

Six pairs of piping plovers are nesting on the beaches of Hampton and Seabrook this summer. The birds are endangered in New Hampshire. For years, state Fish and Game officials have been trying to bring them back. This year, they’re roping off nesting areas and hiring volunteers to monitor the nests.

Brendan Clifford, a biological technician of the New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Wildlife Division, says the plovers have met with some obstacles.

On Wednesday Fish and Game officials aided a woman at Franconia Notch when she experienced chest pains. The same day hikers helped a man who fell 20 feet down a Mount Washington trail.

The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game’s Lieutenant Robert Bryant said hiker mishaps are a common occurrence in the summer.  

This is the time of year for vacation and hiking and it’s certainly not uncommon for us to head out to help hikers.

Bryant says many problems arise from poor planning, and he offers the following tips for hikers:

 

A Littleton man hiking without a flashlight, map or warm clothing spent the night in the mountains while officials looked for him, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Dylan Jessen, 20, planned to hike the 15 miles from the Lafayette Campground in Franconia to Route 112 in Woodstock but didn’t begin until about 1 p.m.

His mother lost cell-phone contact with him about 7 p.m.  when he still had about five miles to go and only 30 minutes of daylight left.