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.

Recently bears raided the Thirteen Falls campsite in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. 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.

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

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. While bear attacks are rare in the White Mountains, its best to be prepared for the situation.[1]

If you are camping in the backcountry of the White Mountains for a few days, it might be a good idea to invest in a bottle of bear spray. Hopefully, you will never need it, but if you do come across an aggressive bear you will be prepared. 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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[1] Most experts recommend carrying bear spray when hiking in bear country.

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer, writer, and author 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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