Cheers and jeers after NH Fish and Game says it will spare bear cubs, mother from death
HANOVER — The three cubs and mother bear have all been given a pardon by Gov. Chris Sununu, and after discussions with New Hampshire Fish and Game, they will be relocated rather than euthanized.
Many residents across the state were pleased because of the efforts made to save the four bears, and of course, the outcome. Others disagree with the change of plans or believe this won't be an effective solution.
Here's some of our favorite comments from Facebook and Twitter on both sides of the discussion.
These above examples show a common feeling among most commenters: rejoice. However, certain people were cynical of the governor's decision and think this relocation will actually hurt the bears in the long run.
The response to NH1 News's Twitter poll was overwhelmingly in favor of saving the bears from euthanization, with 86 percent saying to choose another option.
After it's decision to move the bears, Fish and Game addressed the change.
"The Hanover incident has gained attention because it is unfolding in a college town 'south of the Notches,' rather than in central or northern New Hampshire, where such occurrences are more common."
And the department also reiterated the need for residents to prevent habituation from taking place.
Fish and Game Bear Biologist Andrew Timmins summed up the issue as humans not covering trash, taking in bird feeders, and leaving poultry unprotected.
"If the public would be willing to address these three common attractants, we could significantly reduce annual bear-human conflicts," Timmins said.