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A donut-loving bear is “staying out of trouble” after it traveled thousands of miles to return home, say wildlife officials.
The name “Mink” the animal was recently spotted on its home market of Hanover, near Dartmouth College, after she made an epic journey back in near the Canadian border.
“The bear is currently minding its own business and stay out of trouble to the west of Hanover, NH,” Glenn Normandeau, executive director of the New Hampshire Fish and game Department, told Fox News via e-mail. “To the extent that NH Fish & Game is concerned, as long as they are still worn, we have no plans to take any action with respect to her. It is our hope that the public will behave and not show her in trouble by tempting her with food, etc.”
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The bear’s life was spared by New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu two years ago. The condition of the Fish and Game Department had decided to euthanize the female black bear and her three young offspring in 2017, after repeated problems with them feeding on garbage and bird feeders climax with two bears enter a house in Hanover. But after a public call, the Republican Gov. Sununu instead ordered the animals moved in June of last year.
FILE – this April 13, 2018 file photo, shows Mink the bear after she had been sedated in Hanover, N. H. After being fitted with a tracking collar, the bear moved to the far north of New Hampshire.
(Jennifer Hauck/Valley News via AP, File)
The three yearlings were moved from that year, and one of them was killed by a hunter in Quebec, Canada, within a few weeks. The mother bear out of the city left to mate and was not made until last year after she returned with four new cubs last spring. She was tagged, fitted with a tracking collar and moved about 120 miles north of a sparsely populated location near the border with Canada.
Last week, Mink made it back to Hanover after a journey of a loop route through New Hampshire.
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According to her tracking collar data, Mink spent the winter in a hole in Pomfret, Vermont. She was again on the move, from April, the crossing of the Connecticut River to go back to New Hampshire less than two weeks ago. The authorities have received several calls about the bear in the last year, and not reporting any trouble, said Andrew Timmins, the bear project leader with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
A map showing Mink of the bear’s travel.
(New Hampshire Fish and game)
Fox News has reached Gov. Sununu’s office with a request to comment on this story.
The bear’s return has garnered a lot of attention, and she has something of a social media celebrity. NPR reports that Mink, who is at ease with people, was popular to some of Hanover and the residents for her move. An elderly man, for example, fed her maple-glazed donuts. The other residents were, however, less enamored of the animal, which officials to remove her from the area.
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Normandeau told Fox News that New Hampshire has a bear population of more than 5,000 animals. “During this special bear has developed some notoriety, is just one of the hundreds of deals each year in the state,” he explained.
The range of the American black bear, or Ursus Americanus, covers the largest part of the North American continent, according to the National Wildlife Federation. “They are found in Alaska, much of Canada and the adjacent United States, and extend as far south as the north of Mexico,” explains on her website. “They can just live where they find food, but mostly occur where there are trees.”
In most places In the USA, the black bear population is stable or increasing, according to the National Park Service.
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The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List also notes that the American black bear population has increased, and classifies the species as of “least concern.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers