CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officials have removed a trap to capture a bear that attacked a woman in Grafton last week.
The trap was set for at least three nights, but the bear did not return to the site. It has since been removed. Wildlife officials consider it unlikely that the bear will return to that location and they don't plan additional trapping for now.
Wildlife damage specialist Rob Calvert says the early spring has fast-forwarded bears into July feeding behaviors, but the wild berry crop they look for won't be ready for another month. Calvert said the bears are "panhandling" — coming out, often with cubs, to seek out easy sources of food near homes and farms.
Residents are reminded to keep food and garbage secured.