CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire wildlife official says the number of bear shootings across the state could set a record this year and he's blaming the growing popularity of backyard chicken farming.
Fish and Game Bear Biologist Andrew Timmins estimates that in June people shot and killed at least 12 bears, usually the state's annual average total.
He says the number is at least 15 now and there are still two more full months of the bear conflict season.
He tells the Concord Monitor about 75 percent of the bears shot and killed this year were getting into chicken coops when shot by the owners.
Timmins says complaints of the bear-chicken conflicts have gone from a low of 12 in 2001 to a high of 127 in 2012.
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