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My Turn: A bear in Concord? Not so unusual.

Re “An unexpected visitor” (Monitor letter, Sept. 8):

I’ve got some news for Jon Colcord: Your unexpected visitor wasn’t that unusual. The black bear has made quite a comeback in this area. There are more of them than ever before. Chalk it up to a conservation plan which values connectivity. Area conservation groups have helped cities and towns purchase and protect acreages which now allow wildlife unfettered passage throughout connected tracts of land in and around the Concord area. Some of them venture even closer to humans, regularly crossing rivers like the Merrimack and seemingly “impenetrable barriers” like Interstate 393.

Just the other night my wife and I were coming home from dinner at a local restaurant at dusk. As we turned onto Old Loudon Road from Loudon Road, we were greeted by a mature doe and her fawn on someone’s lawn. They had no doubt just roused from their daytime siesta to nibble on their neighbor’s shrubs and lawn. They probably spend most of their time on the long narrow tract of wilderness between I-393 and Loudon Road. I’ve seen deer in this area numerous times. They most likely come onto this property from north of I-393 under cover of darkness, as I suspect your bear friend did.

Sometimes they like it so much they stay. They are relatively free from predators there, and there is abundant food in the form of people’s gardens, lawns and landscaping.

Bears and other wildlife are here to stay. And I say good for them! My suggestion for Colcord would be to take a hunter safety course, get himself a bear license, and get outside and see if he can match wits with Mr. Bear. I guarantee him, it won’t be as easy as he thinks.

If that idea is not amenable to him, then I suggest he follow the advice of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and take his bird feeders down. Oh wait, I guess Mr. Bruin already did that for him.

(Dan Williams lives in Concord.)

Fun read, Dan. Many of enjoy seeing wildlife in our neighborhoods. Thanks to the conservation groups that you mentioned in your column and those who come from contributions from NH Hunting and Fishing licenses.

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