Wolf Sightings in New Hampshire

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Jan Stearns, Waterville Valley Realty, Waterville Valley, NH

One of my most-read blog posts is "Have Wolves Returned to New Hampshire?" from June 8, 2011.  I originally wrote about my wolf sighting way back in February 2010 on my Active Rain blog.

I continue to receive the occasional email message from folks who believe that they, too, have seen a wolf.  The messages come from all over New Hampshire, but predominantly from the northern half of the state.  These folks seem pretty savvy about the differences between an eastern coyote (which is common in every county in New Hampshire) and wolves.  In fact, these people must feel confident enough in their sighting that they get on their computer or smart phone and Google "wolves in New Hampshire," which is how they ultimately find my post...and then they take the time to send me an email or message me via Active Rain.

In the last two days I received two more emails.

Just yesterday, Claudia wrote in an email to me:  "We were in Lincoln, NH with my family last week. We were driving on Route 112 coming from North Conway around 9:00 pm and we saw a wolf on the road. My husband stoped the car and turned around to be sure it was a wolf. We stopped and put the lights over him and we can confirm that it was a grey wolf. It wasn't a coyote."

Last Monday I received a message from ruthk who wrote that she "definitely heard a wolf on 30 July 2011 in Hanover, NH," and she included a link to the recording of a wolf's howl from a WGBH Nova show.

This morning, I did another Google search of "wolves in New Hampshire" and found an interesting article from The Cabinet by Jessie Salisbury written in January 2010.  Salisbury quoted canine researcher Chris Schadler, "There are wolves in Coos County and they have been seen as far south as Massachusetts."

Salisbury wrote, "Asked why New Hampshire Fish and Game doesn't recognize the presence of wild wolves in the state, she said, 'Fish and Game does a great job, but they do not have enough people or funds to manage another species'."

Please continue to share your wolf sighting stories with me!  Email me at wci@wvnh.com, or post your comment below.

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U heard a few wolves this morning around 4 am, these were deffinately wolves. i have loads of coyotes where i am in new boston and i have never heard wolves out here before. i belive that they are indeed coming back to nh

January 05, 2012 05:09 AM
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Hey Ben! Thanks for sharing! 

I'm so excited because last night I saw an elusive bobcat right outside Waterville Valley!  Lots of interesting wildlife in NH!

Jan

 

January 06, 2012 09:28 AM
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This July my husband and I were standing on the sidewalk in front of our house in Berlin at 10pm looking at the stars and chatting. We live in town near the high school on Willard st. A huge wolf [ looking almost twice as large as our 82' alaskan husky crossed the street in front of us and looked up the driveway across the street. It just gave us a sideways glance, stood there for a minute, then crossed back towards us- we ran inside. The neighbors across the street have a small dog, it appeared he was checking the yard for it.

November 01, 2012 06:21 AM
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Was visiting Pittsburg, NH for a few days last weekend (late April 2013).  At the Canadian border, I hiked up through crusty snow to the 4th Connecticut Lake.  Approaching the edge of the lake on the narrow trail I heard a low "woof" and watched as a wolf trotted away on the frozen bog about 20 yards from me.  I've had coyotes in my yard before.  This guy was WAY TOO BIG and full to be a coyote.  After a few steps he stopped and stared in my direction for a 10-15 seconds, then trotted still further toward the far shore.   Stopped again and stared.  Then finally turned and trotted away into the woods.  It appeared he had been inspecting the top of beaver dam.

When I first realized what it was, I scrambled to get my SLR out of the pack and get a 300mm lens mounted.  I snapped a few quick pics, then realized I'd left the camera in manual (doh!), causing the pics to be severely over-exposed.  By the time I moved to aperture mode, he'd moved further away to over 50 yards away. I snapped a couple more pics.  I haven't yet post-processed the pictures from that trip.  If I can salvage a decent image.  I'll post another comment with a link to the picture.

It was an exhilarating sighting.

May 01, 2013 12:44 PM
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I have a camp in Northern NH and hear wolves howling at night all the time. It is no doubt that they are in NH but as biologists have told me they do not want people to know because not only will it be bad for tourism but would also endanger the wolf by people looking to hunt them.

 It is very cool to hear the wolf call( a low pitched howl) and then here the coyotes responding in comoetition for food.

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