New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said they have worked with many New Hampshire campgrounds to resolve bear issues. "Nearly all these campgrounds now have Dumpsters that contain metal tops and doors that can be locked, thereby making them inaccesible to bears," the department said in a news relesase. (COURTESY)
Warren campground cited for record 'bear activity'
“Bear activity at Moose Hillock has reached a record level this summer, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by the public,” Fish and Game bear biologist Andrew Timmins said in a news release Tuesday. Large groups of people “gather daily at the Dumpster area to watch multiple bears rummage in the Dumpsters.”
“The situation at Moose Hillock has been particularly challenging for the past 14 years, primarily because previous recommendations have not been followed,” Timmins said in the news release. Timmins said open trash receptacles at the campground attract bears, which also target “unsecured coolers and food at campsites.”
Paradis said he was directed Friday to install metal tops on his trash receptacles and to do so within two weeks. It was not clear what penalty he would face if the lids were not installed.
“I have lids on my Dumpsters and I have hopes that the bears will be removed by Fish and Game and, hopefully, it will all play out for the best,” Paradis said.
“The situation at the campground has become a public safety issue for campers and cannot be tolerated any further,” he said.
“We’ve been here since 1986 and had a bear wander in occasionally,” said Paradis, but not with the frequency that Fish and Game — representatives of which were not available for comment Tuesday night — would have the public believe.
Tripadvisor recorded 90 reviews for Moose Hillock, which cumulatively earned it four out of five stars and a Tripadvisor ”Certificate of Excellence” for 2014. A search of the reviews turned up two related to bears, the first saying that the bears “were an incredible nuisance, in the Dumpsters ripping through the trash while the staff stood and watched.”