NH Fish and Game

Via HikeNewEngland.com

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says two hikers who became separated from their groups in separate incidents had to be rescued on Mount Lafayette in the White Mountains.

A 36-year-old Barnstead woman was having trouble descending around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday while a 911 call came in that a group of five female teenagers from Quebec were missing. The temperatures were in the mid-40s with rain and wind.

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June 3rd marks Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire. For one day, state Fish and Game will allow anyone, residents and nonresidents alike, to fish without a license.

It might sound quiet now, but by midday Saturday New Hampshire’s lakes, ponds, and streams could see lots new rookie anglers taking advantage of New Hampshire’s Free Fishing Day.

Fish and Game Program Supervisor, Scott Decker, explains that this is a good way for people who have never fished to try their hand.

New Hampshire Fish and Game sells an average of 150,000 fishing licenses each year.

NH Wildlife Journal

Why have there been so many search and rescue missions in New Hampshire’s great outdoors this year?  Not just hikers, but snowmobilers and ATV enthusiasts as well?  Fish and Game Executive director Glenn Normandeau gave his take on that question today on NHPR’s “The Exchange.”   

First off, Normandeau said, with an improved economy, there are simply more people out there, recreating.  But he also said – some of them just make poor choices.   

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Normandeau's agency's been swamped by a rising number of hikers needing rescue. We'll talk about that, also continued funding struggles, controversy over gun politics, and Fish and Game's starring role in the TV show "North Woods Law: New Hampshire" on Animal Planet. 


New Hampshire Fish & Game officials say a spike in search and rescue missions is putting a strain on the department’s already limited resources.

A group of college-age hikers may face rescue costs after getting lost late Saturday night on Mount Washington.

The Conflict Over Coexisting With Beavers

Apr 14, 2017
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Beavers (Castor canadensis) have been in North America for two million years. Their ponds ease flooding downstream, and support large numbers of bird species, fish, amphibians, and otters. They are a keystone species to an entire eco-system. Humans and beavers have a long history together because they like to live in the same places, but the way we've built our infrastructure has almost guaranteed our two species will be locked in eternal conflict.


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There’s no way around it. This week, Something Wild is a little thick. Like hundreds of pages thick but stay with us.

  

  

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A total of eleven snowmobile accidents were to blame for three deaths and multiple injuries across New Hampshire this past weekend. Officials with the state Fish & Game Department say they need more officers to handle the volume of calls.

The accidents ranged from snowmobiles crashing into trees, catching fire, and falling through thin ice.

Three people, including a 15-year-old from New York died after falling through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee in two separate incidents.

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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?

The State of the State's Moose

Jan 23, 2017
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More than a North Country mascot, moose are an indicator of ecosystem health and climate change. With populations in New Hampshire decimated in recent years, a four-year, three-state study is collecting data on the health of the moose population and the devastation caused by winter ticks.  We discuss other threats to the moose population, such as brainworm, and how moose are managed in the state.

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  A reality show featuring New Hampshire conservation officers and wildlife biologists is set to premiere next year on the cable network Animal Planet.

There’s no shortage of drama in the two-minute trailer released this week for “North Woods Law: New Hampshire.”

The clip features everything from a Fish and Game officer carefully capturing a rattlesnake to tense exchanges with members of the public.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced a million dollars in grants Tuesday to restore New Hampshire’s forest and fish habitat.

Eight organizations received funding to restore wildlife habitat in New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine. Collectively, the groups will open nearly 200 miles of streams for fish passage and improve habitat for the New England Cottontail, American woodcock, and golden-winged warblers.

Eversource, New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, is donating the bulk of the funding.

A new coalition comprised of hunters, outdoors enthusiasts and wildlife advocates alike has formed with the goal of modernizing the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

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Growing up in Loudon, Andrew Timmins didn’t see his first bear until he was nearly 20.  Now, as Fish & Game’s Bear Project leader, Timmins manages the state’s population of more than 5,500 bears. NHPR’s Sean Hurley recently spent a day with Timmins at a bear hotspot at the Attitash Ski Resort and learned how the state regularly catches troublesome bears and relocates them to the northernmost part of the state.

Missing Canadian's Body Found On Mount Washington

May 29, 2016

  Authorities have found the body of a Canadian man who went missing on Mount Washington this month.

A search for a Canadian man reported missing Thursday by his mother has been suspended after a man said he saw  Francois Carrier carrying a duffel bag as he walked along Route 2 in Gorham Tuesday, Lt. Wayne Saunders said.

"A conservation officer met with the witness and interviewed him and had him confirm through the use of a photo that the man he saw matched the description of Carrier.  The witness was confident that the man he saw was Carrier,” Saunders said.

Saunders said the area has been thoroughly covered and searchers “didn’t know where to search next.”

Canadian Missing On Mount Washington

May 13, 2016

A search will resume this morning for a Canadian man reported missing Thursday in the area of Mount Washington, according to Fish and Game.

Thursday's search for Francois Carrier included K-9 teams, Fish and Game officers and volunteers from the Appalachian Mountain Club, said Lt. Wayne Saunders of Fish and Game.

"These search teams started hiking trails in the immediate area looking for Carrier with no avail. K-9 teams conducted searches of high probability areas and line searches were started in the mid-afternoon,"Saunders said.

Three hikers were rescued Sunday in separate incidents after suffering leg injuries, according to Fish and Game.

The most serious occurred on the Skookumchuk Trail in Franconia, when an 18-year-old woman from Glen fell and found it difficult to continue, said Lt. James Kneeland.

She had separated from her hiking partner and not prepared for a cold rain.

She called 911 and rescuers stabilized her injury, warmed her and carried her off the mountain.

The other rescues occurred on Mount Sunapee and on the Hancock Loops Trail in Lincoln.

Ailing Maine Woman Rescued In Hart's Location

May 1, 2016

A 23-year-old woman from Maine suffering from a medical problem was rescued from the Dry River Trail Saturday evening, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Kristina Reams, 23, began having problems breathing and since there was no cell service a companion hiked out and flagged down a motorist who called for help, conservation officer Alex Lopashanski said.

Rescuers reached her, stabilized her breathing and helped her to an ambulance.

Three Rescues In The North Country

Apr 25, 2016

Cold temperatures and icy trails caused problems for hikers in the North Country over the weekend, says Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Sunday morning a hiker who was suffering from hypothermia was rescued on the Falling Waters Trail.

Kneeland said two hikers camped Saturday night, but lacked adequate cold-weather equipment and in the morning one reported “difficulty moving.”  Members of Pemi Search and Rescue Team reached them late morning, warmed them and helped them off the mountain.

Sunday afternoon, there were two more rescues.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officials have reversed course on plans to allow a state bobcat season.

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There’s no way around it. This week, Something Wild is a little thick. Like hundreds of pages thick but stay with us.

Snowmobiling Teens Rescued From Northern N.H. Lake

Feb 18, 2016
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Two teenagers from Amesbury, Massachusetts were  rescued Wednesday after their snowmobiles broke through the ice and were partially submerged, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Jacob Bent and Victoria Holbrook, both 17, were crossing the First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg at about 1 p.m. when their machines broke through the first layer of ice, sank about three feet and then came to rest on another layer of more solid ice, said Conservation Officer Eric Fluette.

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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.

Matt Bowman - Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue

With winter now here, New Hampshire's search-and-rescue teams are watching for storms in the Presidential mountains and worrying that once again, a hiker will make a decision that puts lives at risk.

That's what happened last February, when Kate Matrosova, a 32 year-old from New York, who thought she could beat an approaching storm.

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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.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers are conducting a poaching investigation in Errol after they said a moose was found shot to death, with its antlers missing.

Officers responded to a tip on Sunday regarding the dead animal, found about three-fourths of a mile from the end of Smokey Camp Brook Road.

They said it was a mature bull moose, believed to have been shot on or around Friday. No meat was taken from the animal. Conservation officers were able to find some physical evidence at the scene.

N.H.'s New Ten-Year Action Wildlife Plan

Dec 3, 2015
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The state's new ten-year wildlife action plan was announced last month, laying out priorities for New Hampshire's natural resources and critters. We'll look into what the plan entails, and how its used in towns weighing conservation against other considerations.

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