NH Fish Game to Relocate Hanover Bears
NH Fish and Game announced on Friday the problem bears in Hanover will be trapped and relocated. For over a year Fish and Game along with Hanover town officials have worked to address what the community could do to prevent conflicts with the bears. There were two public meetings, site visits, warnings issued under the bear feeding rule and training of a small group on hazing techniques.
Bear-human conflicts are commonplace throughout New Hampshire, said Fish and Game Bear Biologist Andrew Timmins. The NH Fish and Game Department and USDA Wildlife Service’s respond to hundreds of bear complaints each year.
During 2016, the biggest offender was unsecured garbage, which accounted for 38 percent of bear-human conflicts in New Hampshire. Birdfeeders 25 percent and unprotected chickens/poultry 23 percent also contributed significantly to bear-human conflicts. “If the public would be willing to address these three common attractants, we could significantly reduce annual bear-human conflicts,” says Timmins. Food attractants causing problems in the Hanover area include birdfeeders and unsecured garbage, much of which is related to student rental properties.
Hartford VT Fire Department Recognized as Ambulance Service of the Year
Hartford VT Fire Department was recognized as Vermont’s 2017 Ambulance Service of the year. The recognition was presented last Thursday as part of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s EMS Appreciation Week. Dan Batsie, EMS Chief for the Vermont Department of Health- Emergency Medical Services, presented the award to Captain Shawn Hannux, Chief Scott Cooney, and Assistant Chief Alan Beebe.
MA Man Arrested for Driving Wrong Way on I-89
A Massachusetts man was arrested on multiple charges after he drove the wrong way on I-89 on Saturday. Police said they received multiple calls of a 2011 Chevy Silverado traveling south in the northbound lane of I-89 in Warner. Kirk Meinheit of Lakeville MA was stopped seven miles later when he tried to back up the Exit 5 ramp in Hopkinton.
Meinheit was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, and Transporting Opened Alcoholic Beverages. He was released on personal recognizance bail pending his arraignment on June 6th in Concord District Court. Members of the Hopkinton Police Department assisted the New Hampshire State Police.
Springfield VT Woman and Passengers Injured in Crash
A Springfield VT woman and her passengers were sent to the hospital after a single car accident on I-91 on Saturday. Vermont State Police said an investigation showed that Alissa Cooper 21 of Springfield VT was exiting the southbound lane when she left the Interstate into the median and collided with multiple trees
Cooper and passengers Michael Marrone,23 and Tashina Champney, 21 received non-life threatening injuries and were transported by Windsor Fire and Rescue to Ascutney Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of their injuries.
Fatigue is considered the major contributing factor in this crash. Cooper was issued a Vermont Civil Violation Complaint.