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Black Bears, Moose Watch

Netanya, Israel
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Black Bears, Moose Watch

Hello, Dear Forum Members!

We're starting planing our summer trips, and I was wondering about black or moose wildlife watch in NH: When would be the best time for these animals, and where would be the best shot of watching them?

Thanks,

Arnon

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1. Re: Black Bears, Moose Watch

The tour companies say that May to Sept is best for sightings but the animals appear at any time. Here's some info to help you start your info search.

http://www.mwvmoosetours.com/

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Thanks!

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You can see moose and bear anywhere in the state, but that does not mean that you WILL see them. They tend not to like people, so going where the people aren't is the key. The North Country, aka Great North Woods, the area north of the White Mountains is typically the place where you are most likely to moose. They are quite plentiful, there is a lot of forested land for them to roam, and the human population is sparse.Someone I know used to say that the best Moose Drive, on which she would take her visitors, was a loop up through Dixville Notch on Rte 26. She lived in Berlin, so this worked pretty well. You also need to go out around sunset/dusk. And of course, this is no guarantee. I have done rides like this several times, and have seen no moose, though residents living the towns up north talk about seeing moose walking the streets of town.

And, do be watchful, anywhere in the state, especially as it gets darker. Moose and deer will wander out on the road at night and can be very difficult to see. They will also dart out from the woods. Hitting a deer or moose broadside can be catastrophic to your car, and possibly to you and your passengers. Deer may freeze in your headlights, but will generally run off, given the option. Moose, given the option, will stand their ground or charge at you. Do not walk up to them in the woods, no matter how cute and docile they appear.

As for bear, you may see them on the road, too. Same cautions apply when you are in the car, and definitely when you are on foot. Mostly, they will run from contact. But you do not want to get between a momma and baby, or make them feel cornered. Bear will come to any source of food. So one way to see them is to put out a bunch of loaded bird feeders. But I say this tongue in cheek. You should not do this, and locals are advised to take in their feeders for the spring and summer months. Bears that think they can be fed will keep coming back and become a nuisance in the neighborhood, with potentially catastrophic consequences for both the people and the bear.

So, where to plan your vacation? I would recommend you look into a summer house rental for a week, or a small B&B or inn in a more rural setting. Find something on a lake or in the woods, as opposed to staying in a hotel or large resort in a city or larger town center. This should increase your chances of crossing paths with animals as you go back and forth, or even just looking out your window. The smaller animals can be fun too - otter, raccoon, skunks, and the occasional coyote and others. Do observe proper caution and respect. You could look to stay in the Monadnock Region, Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region, Lakes Region, White Mountains, or North Country. These are the more rural and less populated parts of the state, and offer the best opportunities for animal encounters.

Check the NH Tourism website for info about these regions, including lodging at www.visitnh.gov. Also check www.vrbo.com and other similar sites for vacation rentals.

Edited: 03 May 2012, 08:15
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