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Bobcats have been all over the news lately. It's kind of amazing to think that 30 years ago wildlife biologists estimated there were only 150 bobcats in New Hampshire. That's not the case anymore - their numbers are now estimated to be around 1400! How did these cats make such an impressive recovery?

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Regular hunting and fishing license fees in New Hampshire have gone up $10 - the first increase in 12 years.

The increases took effect Friday. They were authorized by the Legislature to fill a $1.2 million hole in the Fish and Game department's budget.

For state residents, fees go to $45 for a fishing license, $32 for a hunting license and $56 for a combination license.

For the first time, hunters and anglers over age 68 have to buy a $7 annual license, plus habitat and transaction fees.

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  New Hampshire has taken another step toward considering whether to again allow people to hunt and trap bobcats.

The state Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to approve initial rules governing a short bobcat season. The rules would allow a maximum of 50 cats to be hunted or trapped in a season.

When the population dropped below an estimated 200 in 1989, the state banned hunting or trapping the cats. Biologists now say the population may be as high as 1,400 in the fall and winter and 2,200 in the spring and summer.

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New Hampshire's state bear expert says good-hearted but irresponsible residents are "loving the animals to death.''   Fish and Game officials discovered four sites in Stoddard, North Conway and Bethlehem where residents have resumed feeding black bears despite previous warnings to stop.   Biologist Andrew Timmins says two bears had to be killed in North Conway because they had become so accustomed to human food, they were breaking into cars.

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Six Canadian hikers were helped off New Hampshire's Mount Washington after they called 911 from the mountain's auto road.   New Hampshire Fish and Game says the hikers were all in their 20s and from the province of Quebec. They had hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and reached the summit around 2 p.m. Saturday, but with temperatures at zero degrees and winds at 50 mph, they decided to walk down the auto road.   Some members of the group were not dressed appropriately for the weather, and feeling the cold, they called 911.

Brooklyn Man Rescued In White Mountains

Oct 2, 2013
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 A 55-year-old Brookyn man was helped from a trail near the Crawford Notch Wednesday after suffering a leg injury, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Steve Litwin slipped on a rock on the Webster-Jackson Trail and couldn’t continue,  according to Conservation Officer Kevin Bronson.

He was taken to Littleton Regional Hospital after being carried out by members of Fish and Game, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, and Twin Mountain EMS.