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Hunting in New Hampshire: 4 Invasive Species to New Hampshire and Its Rules for Hunting Them

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 02:07 PM

Anyone hunting in New Hampshire could come in contact with invasive species, and hunters should report unusual sightings to the New Hampshire Field and Game department.

Invasive species can include plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and diseases.If you see an unfamiliar species while in the field that you suspect does not belong in the state, take a picture and make notes about where and when you saw the suspect, and then contact the NHFG.

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Invasive species are not protected by the NHFG, which means they can be hunted throughout the year. However, all hunting laws apply, including the need for licenses.

These species enter a foreign ecosystem and create harmful conditions. They are often accidentally brought into an area, or they arrive as pets. They are unwelcome in the wild because they disrupt the balance of nature. They usually have no predators and may reproduce quickly, robbing native species of vital resources. In New Hampshire, most invaders are plants and animals that live in lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water.

Here are invasive species, as defined by the NHFG, to watch for when you're hunting in the state:

1. Rock Doves
Rock doves, also known as pigeons, feed on discarded food and treats offered by humans. The birds are typically blue and gray, but can come in many colors. They nest on urban building ledges and in barns. Look for them near grain crops and under bridges and rocks.

2. Coyotes
Coyotes are unprotected in New Hampshire because they are nuisance animals, threatening pets and livestock and even intimidating humans.

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3. Wild Pigs
Wild pigs have no game status in New Hampshire and are considered private property by the state, according to NHFG. These animals are very destructive, and most property owners are happy to get rid of them. A hunting license is required to hunt these encroachers, and check with local authorities if you have questions about hunting on specific grounds.

4. Asian Clams
Several invasive animals have entered the nation's ecosystems through its waterways. For example, The Asian clam is dangerous because of its ability to produce algae and clog water systems, including industrial and public waterways. They have invaded areas throughout the United States, and are found in parts of New Hampshire, such as Cobbett's Pond in Windham, Sunset Lake in Hampstead, and parts of the Merrimack River south of Bow, the New Hampshire state website said. Without aggressive measures to extricate the clams, the state's waters will become less available for intended species and uses.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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