Bears and Campsites
1. Be sure to clean your camping area including tables and surrounding areas and throw away trash.
2. Before you head out for the day, all meals should be stored in closed containers and kept in the refrigerator inside a camper or take it with you in a cooler as leaving food and coolers out will attract animals.
3. It is important that you do not feed the bears. This will just bring them closer to other campsites as they are looking for people food. Also, do not approach a bear. In order to keep bears away from your campsite you should remove all birdfeeders, get rid of the trash at night before bed, never leave pet food dishes outside and be sure to clean outdoor grills after each use or store the grill inside your vehicle.
4. If you happen to encounter a bear, there are some things you can do. The first thing is if there hear you, they will actually hide from you. So make noise to let the bear know you're there. Some people bring portable air horns (buy at most retail outlets in the boat section). It has been used with some sucess to scare away bears.
You want to keep your distance from any bear. If your car is nearby use should walk to your car but do not run. If a bear tries to come towards you, then stand your ground and slowly back away. You want to walk in a circle around the bear making no eye to eye contact and then just continue on your way.
5. Bears in New Hampshire are black with a brown nose. The bears are most active during the nighttime so it is rare to see a bear during the day. But it is not unusual to see a bear at dusk or dawn. Female bears can weigh anywhere are 125 to 150 pounds and male bears can weight between 200 and 250 pounds.