NH FISH AND GAME OFFICER DISPOSES OF BEAR

by Christian Mower on July 11, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS HE’S GRATEFUL FOR THE ASSISTANCE OF VALLEY AREA POLICE DEPARTMENTS – AND THEY’RE DOING A GREAT JOB IN HELPING HIS DEPARTMENT DEAL WITH CONTINUING PUBLIC ENCOUNTERS WITH BLACK BEARS.

CONSERVATION OFFICER ALEX LOPASHANSKI SAYS HE STILL GETS ABOUT FIVE CALLS A DAY FOR ASSISTANCE IN DEALING WITH BEARS.

TUESDAY HE WAS HELPED BY CONWAY POLICE IN THE AREA OF WHITAKER WOODS IN NORTH CONWAY, NOT FAR FROM A BALL FIELD.

LOPASHANSKI SAYS HE THINKS A MALE BEAR WEIGHING ABOUT 110 POUNDS WAS HIT BY A VEHICLE ON ROUTE 16 BUT MANAGED TO RETREAT INTO THE WOODS. THE BEAR THEN DIED AND WAS FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF A HIKING TRAIL IN NORTH CONWAY, WHERE HE RECOVERED ITS BODY.

LOPASHANSKI SAYS FOR VARIOUS REASONS – INCLUDING THE MILD WINTER – THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS SIGHTINGS OF BEAR FAMILIES THIS YEAR THAT HAVE TWO OR THREE CUBS.