How to Keep the Critters & Wildlife Safety
1. Be careful about cleaning your camping area. Carefully clean tables and surrounding areas. Most campsites provide garbage bags for trash pickup.
2. Clean up before heading out. After every meal foods should be stored in closed containers and kept in the trunk of your car or inside a camper. It’s not safe to leave food outside or inside the tent this will only attract animals.
3. Fires should just be for wood. Do not dump any scraps of meat, food or fat dripping into the fire to leave any scent in the air. Place these in a closed container.
4. Do not cook food or eat inside your tent, food odors will remain and attract wildlife.
Do NOT Feed the Bears!
The population for bears is growing. Up North there is a good possibility you could see a bear. When you take the time to remove food from your tent and table, your are helping bears stay in their natural habitat and not wander closer.
Attacks by a black bear are so rare to almost non existent. However, do NOT attempt to feed or approach a bear. For Good Reading Bear Aware, 2nd Edition
* Birdfeeders: Remove bird feeders by April 1. Clean up seeds below feeders. Plenty of natural foods are available for the birds.
* Garbage: Keep garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area. Garbage for pickup should be put outside the morning of
collection, not the night before.
* Compost: Don’t put meat or food leftovers in your compost pile.
* Pet food: Don’t leave pet food dishes outdoors at night.
* Grills: Clean up or store outdoor grills after each use.
* Intentional feeding: Never intentionally feed bears. It’s illegal and dangerous, and can result in the bear being killed.
Wildlife Safety While Camping
* Keep campsites clean; food should be kept in airtight containers in vehicles or out of a bear’s reach – never inside a tent.
* Put food scraps and fat dripping in a closed container.
* Never eat or cook in a tent
Bears by nature, are timid and shun human contact. However they are intelligent and can learn to be quite a nuisance. Normally bears keep to themselves and rarely wander into populated areas. The encroachment of the suburbs into the bears shrinking habitat and drought conditions which reduce the natural supplies of food tend to bring together humans and bears under the worst conditions.
Problem Bears, are created when a bear learns that humans are an easy source of food. It might be as simple as a bear wandering further than usual in search of food encounters a dumpster or trash can containing food scraps.
If you encounter a bear
* A bear will usually hear you on a trail and hide from you.
* Keep your distance if you see one.
* If it lingers, remove any sight or smell of food.
* Go into your car if it’s nearby.
* If the bear makes a bluff charge, stand your ground and slowly back off.
One thing do not run, just move off the trail and walk in a wide circle around the bear and make no visual contact with the bear, then continue on your way.
You can view any bear from a safe distance. For more information about black bears, contact the NH Fish & Game Dept. at (603) 271-3211.
* Females can weigh between 125 & 150 lbs, Males can weigh between 200 & 250 lbs.
The Bears in NH are mostly all black with a brown snout.
Bears are most active at night, so sightings are usually at dawn or dusk.
People with questions about bear-related problems can get advice by calling a toll-free number coordinated jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department: 1-888-749-2327 (1-888-SHY-BEAR)
Moose on the Loose – Wildlife Safety!
While traveling around the state, realize that moose roam around the forests and are occasionally visible on roads and bypasses. To avoid any moose car collisions, signs are posted where there is a higher count of moose.
Moose can weigh up to 1000lbs and stand 6 feet tall. While driving your headlights will most likely shine right through their legs, giving you an idea just how tall they really are.
It is a very nice pleasure to see a moose, but as with any wildlife keep your distant. Moose will tend to stand their ground if ever confronted.
Moose are most active during the months of May to October, so be looking out for any moose and watch both sides of the road.
If you would like to see a Moose why not sign up for a Moose tour: Moose tours
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