Black Bear & Bobcat Presentation by NH Fish & Game
Join us for an exciting two part lecture series on Black Bears & Bobcats presented by New Hampshire Fish & Game expertise, Don Allen.
Come and hear the story of the Black Bear coming back from the edge of being lost to New Hampshire. Mr Allen will also tell you about the history of wildlife in New Hampshire with a focus on the Bobcat. Learn about the research that is ongoing in the state, along with new facts and interesting information on both animals.
Who: Adults & children ages 12 years and up
What: A free 2-Part lecture on Black Bears and Bobcats offered by NH Fish and Game
Where: At PMEC 66 Brook Road Amherst, NH 03031
When: Sunday March 22nd 2pm - 3:30pm
Sunday March 29th - 2pm-3:30pm
Fee: FREE - No registration required
More info on Black Bears
The Black Bear is one of New Hampshire’s largest and most majestic mammals. The sight of the state’s only bear species in the wild often remains a treasured memory. The presence of the Black Bear in modern New Hampshire is a wildlife restoration success story. In the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries the Black Bear was reviled as a varmint to farmers and civilized life. Aggressive land clearing, having a bounty on them, and no regulations for hunting, depleted their numbers to 500 by 1900. The combination of science based wildlife management, research and carefully regulated hunting has allowed the state’s bear population to grow to nearly 5000 animals just in the past decade. Now they can be found in all counties of New Hampshire. Come and hear the story of the Black Bear coming back from the edge of being lost to New Hampshire.
More info on Bobcats
Did you know that the most common wildcat in North America is the Bobcat? The Bobcat gets its common name from its characteristic stubby, or “bobbed,” tail. The tail is only 4-7 inches in length with 2 or 3 black bars and a black tip above, while the underside is pale or white. Their upper legs have dark horizontal bands.
New Hampshire Fish & Game partnered with the University of New Hampshire initiating a comprehensive bobcat study with on the ground work starting in the fall of 2009. Distribution, population abundance, habitat use, habitat connectivity, and methods to index populations were studied. This comprehensive research project was completed December 2014 and has provided a wealth of knowledge about bobcats in New Hampshire.
Protection afforded by the Department’s 1989 closure, coupled with the apparent benefits to bobcats of a thriving turkey population and a healthy deer population, appears to have facilitated a recovery of bobcats in our state.