New Hampshire Wildlife News
by Certified Wildlife Biologist, Eric P. Orff
Black Bear - Photo is from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, used with permission.

History of bear management in NH with black bear biologist Andy Timmins

By Eric Orff

"In October of 78. In fact, day two on the job, we went up to Plymouth State College and took a bear out of a tree in the middle of campus with 200 people around." ~Eric Orff

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department black bear biologist Andy Timmins and former New Hampshire bear biologist Eric Orff give us some history of bear management in New Hampshire. Fish and Game began growing a declining bear population of about a thousand bears to a current population of over six thousand bears. There are now more bears than during colonial times and they occur state wide. New Hampshire IS bear country.

Learn more about the history of Bears in NH

The Bear photo at the top of the page is from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH. Visit their page on Bears at

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