After relocation, black bear makes long journey back

A New Hampshire black bear’s (Ursus americanus) trek shows how complicated it can be to deal with human-wildlife interactions. For years, a resident of the town of Hanover fed a wandering black beer maple glazed donuts. The bear, which residents nicknamed “Mink,” because of the nearby Mink Brook natural area, became habituated to the treats, and after the man died, it started venturing further in search of food. Some residents loved the bear, NPR reports, but wildlife officials worried about safety. After citizens petition to keep the bear alive, the governor stepped in, prompting wildlife officials to relocate it. Having logged thousands of miles in a circuitous journey, the bear is close to home again.

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Header Image: The Mink Brook runs near Hanover, New Hampshire. ©John Hayes