Property owner kills 3 cubs going after honey

Associated Press
Published: 9/20/2018 4:53:28 PM

New Hampshire authorities say three young bears were shot and killed after they and their mother got into a beehive in Tamworth.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officials say a man who had been having problems with the bears going after his chickens and beehives for several days killed the three on Wednesday.

State law allows people to kill wild animals on their property that are damaging crops, poultry or domestic animals.

According to data from New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department, about nine black bears are killed in the state by the public each year “due to conflict,” usually involving bears getting into or threatening property or animals. This is twice as many as are killed on average by Fish and Game officers for the same reason.

Fish and Game data suggests many more bears – an average of almost 50 – are killed each year after being hit by vehicles on roads and highways in New Hampshire. And over the past five years, an average of 719 have been killed by hunters each year.

There are an estimated 4,700 black bears living in New Hampshire.

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