Black Bears, White Mountains

Black Bear -Ursus americanus- in Pinkham Notch of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Black Bear – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Black Bears, White Mountains – Bluff charges and tent ransacking are the topic of discussion these days (July 2010) here in the New Hampshire's White Mountains. There have been reports of bears causing trouble for hikers and campers throughout the White Mountain National Forest.

Counter Assault Bear Spray on rock in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent

Recently bears raided the Thirteen Falls campsite in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of New Hampshire. The bears entered hiker's tents and got away with food. One couple that experienced the raid at Thirteen Falls campsite stated the bears were not frightened by humans.

More and more hikers who travel deep into the backcountry of the White Mountain National Forest are carrying Bear Spray by Counter Assault for that "just in case" encounter with a bear. And if you are camping in the backcountry of the White Mountains region for a few days it maybe a good idea to invest in a bottle of bear spray. Bear Spray by Counter Assault is said to work on all animals, not just bears.

You can follow the USFS alerts & notices for updates on bear issues in the White Mountains here.

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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