An entire family of bears in Hanover, New Hampshire will be caught and destroyed and the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game has stated that they are being “forced” to carry out the seemingly heartless task. According to Wednesday’s WMUR News, officials with the department claim that they are out of options and killing the family is the only thing that they can do to keep everyone in the area safe.
A mother and her three cubs are facing an unnatural and untimely demise because they are not afraid of humans – the bears have lost their fear of people in the midst of their scavaging of trash and bird food that is readily available for their meals. The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back happened when the two one-year-old bear cubs recently entered someone’s home.
Andrew Timmins, wildlife biologist and Game Black Bear Project leader for the Dept. of Fish and Game, stated:
When bears start entering homes, that becomes a threshold where the public’s going to demand something be done.
The bears have become comfortable foraging for food because area residents leave things out – now, the department believes that the bears can’t be relocated because they will simply take up their bad behavior elsewhere…or possibly come back to Hanover.
Traps are being set for the bear family – after they are caught, they will be tranquilized and shot. The decision to kill the bears is not being received well – in fact, many negative comments have recently been left on the Facebook page for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. It is unlikely that public opinion will do much, if anything, to sway officials from their decision.
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