Taken by someone who was walking past a house in Hanover, who then gave the photos to the homeowner, Larry Litten, who forwarded them on to Town Manager Julia Griffin on Friday.
Although Hanover officials have inquired with Fish and Game about relocating the family of bears, state officials say the problem can be traced to bird feeders and unsecured trash containers in the college town.
“Relocating the bears is not going to resolve the problem. This issue has been years in the making,” Andrew Timmins, the Fish and Game bear project leader, said on Monday. “Like any community in New Hampshire, if people have unsecured garbage and bird feeders out, wildlife is going to find it and use it as a food source. That’s what this particular sow has done for years over there.”