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Hunting in New Hampshire: 3 Animals Designated Nongame, Endangered, Threatened, and Protected Species

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:42 PM

Hunting in New Hampshire involves hundreds of species, but some are designated as nongame and endangered.

The state's New Hampshire Field and Game department created a program to manage nongame wildlife, those species that cannot be legally hunted, fished, or trapped. The program monitors more than 400 species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.

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New Hampshire's nongame list highlights 27 endangered species and 13 declared threatened that live in the state. The NHFG carefully monitors these animals and all wildlife that live in New Hampshire habitats. With the help of other agencies and donations that come from private donors, the department strives to protect the state's ecological diversity and supports those species of plants and animals that may be in trouble, according to its website.

Hunters in the state must become familiar with federal and New Hampshire's nongame species because legal action will be taken against anyone who harms, harasses, injures or kills any animal on the lists. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists endangered species by state and these are off limits for hunters everywhere. Here is a look at some species of concern:

1. New England Cottontail
This small mammal is considered endangered in the state of New Hampshire and is a candidate for federal endangered status. They are found in southeastern parts of the state and live in the shrub lands. The New England cottontail grows to about 17 inches, and they breed in spring and summer. They are active throughout the year and produce up to three litters annually.

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2. American Marten
The American marten is considered threatened. This species is often confused with fishers and minks and  is known to live in northern areas of the state, from the White Mountain National Forest to the Canadian border, the state website said. They weigh up to three pounds and are about two feet long. Their fur color varies from tan to orange, with black and white markings. They feed on small mammals, fish, birds, insects and plants, and they can hunt beneath snow in winter.

3. Northern Harrier
This bird of prey is considered endangered by the state of New Hampshire, and its breeding grounds include the agricultural areas in Coos County. The birds are seen in April and September, which coincides with their migration patterns. Harriers grow up to 24 inches long, and have an owl-like face. They are known for making a series of short quick, kekking sounds during mating seasons. These birds can be confused with other hawks and owls, but their white rear quarters and long tails distinguish them. They eat mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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