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ERIC P. ORFF
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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT WILDLIFE DIVISION

16 December 2009
Bear Season Update #8

The unofficial harvest tally for New Hampshire's 2009 bear season stands at 754 bears.  The 2009 season concluded 50 % above the preceding 5-year average (504 bears) and 72 % higher than the 2008 tally (439).  The harvest consisted of 413 males and 341 females yielding a harvest sex ratio of 1.2 males per female.  A seasonal breakdown by region and method follows.

North Region

WMUs

A, B, C2, D1

Total Harvest

196 bears (109 females, 87 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (126), Hound (22), Still (48)

5-year average annual harvest (2004-2008)

125 bears

White Mountains

Region

WMUs

C1, D2, E, F

Total Harvest

247 bears (97 females, 150 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (143), Hound (23), Still (81)

5-year average annual harvest (2004-2008)

164 bears

Central Region

WMUs

G, I1, J1, J2

Total Harvest

230 bears (100 females, 130 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (82), Hound (41), Still (107)

5-year average annual harvest (2004-2008)

141 bears

Southwest-1 Region

WMUs

H1, I2

Total Harvest

56 bears (25 females, 31 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (10), Hound (4), Still (42)

5-year average annual harvest (2004-2008)

50 bears

Southwest-2 Region

WMUs

H2, K

Total Harvest

25 bears (10 females, 15 males)

Harvest by method (#  bears)

Bait (10), Still (15)

5-year average annual harvest (2004-2008)

20 bears

Southeast Region

WMUs

L, M

Total Harvest

0 bears

Harvest by method (#  bears)

N/A

5-year average annual harvest (2004-2008)

4 bears

Interpretation of harvest data and ages of harvested bears will be complete and available by mid-winter.  Thank you to all staff involved in bear registration this past year.  Have a great holiday season.

2009 IN-SEASON BEAR HARVEST TALLY COMPARED TO PREVIOUS 5 YEARS

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
SUM SUM SUM SUM SUM SUM
679 434 352 615 439

754

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