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Beware the bears who wanna eat your bird seed

(Photo courtesy New Hampshire Fish and Game Department)

New Hampshire Fish and Game recently put out a news release reminding residents that a fed bear is a dead bear, and asking folks to take down their bird feeders early this spring to decrease the risk of human-bear conflicts.

(You may recall that was a ~big issue~ in Hanover last year.)

You can read the notice in full here, or browse their bullet-pointed list of recommendations below:

  • Stop all bird feeding by April 1 or at the onset of extended spring-like weather conditions.
  • Clean up any spilled birdseed and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Secure all garbage in airtight containers inside a garage or adequate storage area, and put garbage out on the morning of pickup, not the night before. If using a dumpster, inform your dumpster company that you need a dumpster with metal locking tops and doors that are inaccessible to bears and other wildlife.
  • Avoid putting meat or other food scraps in your compost pile.
  • Don’t leave pet food dishes outside overnight.
  • Clean and store outdoor grills after each use.
  • Finally, never feed bears!

The stuff of nightmares: GIANT LAND CRAB eats a whole freakin’ bird

Whyyyyyy are we posting this, you ask? It was recorded by Dartmouth professor Mark Laidre, who is also a National Geographic explorer. From Nat Geo:

In early March 2016, Laidre watched as a coconut crab snatched an adult red-footed booby sleeping on a low-lying tree branch, tearing it from the branch and snapping its wing. Paralyzed, the booby struggled as the crab held on with its powerful claws and kicked with its legs.


Within 20 minutes, five other coconut crabs swarmed to the spot, their keen olfactory senses drawing them to the smell of blood. The initial attacker dragged the still-breathing booby away, and the crustaceans fought. Over several hours, the crabs shredded the bird, carrying it away and consuming it in pieces.


Laidre says the scene was “pretty gruesome.”

You might remember Mark also captured some other unusual wildlife photos this year: A couple of bear cubs peeking through the screen of a kitchen door on School Street in Hanover in April.

Police believe three cubs and a sow seen on late April 28, 2017, in Hanover, N.H., are the same family of bears getting into a Thompson Terrace home in Hanover. (Mark Laidre photograph)

On Wednesday, we reported that one of the bears was shot and killed in June, a couple weeks after it was trapped and relocated.

One of the Hanover bears was shot and killed a couple weeks after it was relocated

Read the update here.

Two of a family of three cubs are seen in a Hanover, N.H., neighborhood with their mother on April 28, 2017. New Hampshire Fish and Game Bear Project Leader Andrew Timmins said one of the three yearlings who were relocated in late May after they disrupted the neighborhood has died. The fate of the other two cubs is unknown. (Mark Laidre photograph)

A couple bummer additions to my massive Hanover bears timeline, which outlines all of the major events and stories in the Hanover bears saga:

Here’s what is believed to be the same family of bears, seen in happier times, in a Hanover backyard: