New Hampshire Wildlife
White Tail Deer
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wildlife biologists fan out across the state each fall to check the biological condition of New Hampshire's deer.
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.
By the early to mid eighties, the moose population had come back in significant numbers and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department authorized the very first moose hunting season since 1901.
The last member of the canid family with ties to New Hampshire is the gray wolf, which now has federally protected status.
You may wake up to the sound of coyotes howling in the weeks to come, because February is the peak of the coyote-mating season. Come April, 4 to 8 pups will be born in a den concealed in a brushy slope or under a log pile.
Historically speaking, New Hampshire's fisher, like Rodney Dangerfield, got no respect. Fishers are blamed for all manner of problems. The fisher has seemingly always been a creature of mystique, mystery and fear.
The supervisor that hired me in the game division in October of 1978 passed on to me this whole big folder of mountain lion information and sightings going back probably a couple decades.
A glimpse of a cherry-red fox against the backdrop of snow-covered fields is a sight to behold. Both red and gray foxes live in the Granite State, but the red fox is far more abundant and has a widespread range.
Welcome to the Wood Duck's World. Wheeee, wheeee, a hen wood duck sounds the alarm to her counterparts totally concealed in the marsh grass surrounding a secluded beaver pond as you approach.
New Hampshire has weasels in abundance. In fact, there are six members of the mustelidae, or weasel family. They include (from smallest to largest): ermine (also known as the short-tailed weasel), long-tailed weasel, pine marten, mink, fisher and river otter.
New Hampshire's Hibernators
Yawnnnnnnnnnnnn. Down, down into my winter burrow you will find me soundly asleep in my winter woodchuck world. Wouldn't you like to sleep in on these snowy winter mornings, like I do? In fact, I'll sleep five months if I must, to avoid this wicked winter.
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