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Information on Bear and Human conflicts
The USDA Wildlife Services and NH Fish and Game Department work closely to mitigate human-bear conflicts throughout the state. They want you to have the following information:
Prime black bear habitat includes deciduous forests (oaks, maple, beech etc.), wetlands and riparian (along rivers) zones. The natural areas surrounding our town provide very good habitat for black bears.  Many human-bear conflicts arise when bears frequent properties to access food attractants that are found around homes.  The most common attractants are birdfeeders, unsecured garbage and compost piles, which include food scraps.  Livestock, such as chicken and pigs, can also attract bears when not properly protected. Electric fencing is the most effective way to protect livestock.  In most cases removing the attractant the bear(s) are utilizing eliminates the bear problem.  It is also helpful to harass bears with noise, such as banging pots and pans or using compressed air horns to scare them away.  

The following links provide more information:

Videos on conflicts with
Bears &Chickens:

Bears &Birdfeeders:


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