It is not uncommon to see animals such as deer, foxes, raccoons, skunks, and other wild animals in our neighborhoods. We also receive reports each year of moose in the downtown area and bear in the more rural areas. We STRONGLY suggest securing trash barrels and removing bird and animal feeders as they attract bears. We also remind residents that if they see bear cubs in their yard, they can be sure that an adult bear is somewhere nearby. It is also common for a mother bear to tree their cubs while they search for food, leaving them for several days at a time. While it may seem that the cubs have been abandoned or are in danger because they are crying, please do not approach the cubs!
While a Hanover Police Officer may respond to some calls related to "wild" animals, typically the NH Department of Fish and Game will handle these calls because they are specifically trained and equipped to deal with them.
The NH Department of Fish and Game Dispatch Center can be reached on weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm at 603-271-3361. From September 1 to December 5 they maintain longer hours (7 am to 7 pm) to deal with matters related to various hunting seasons.