Maybe it's because I grew up here, but when I think of dangerous animals, I don't think of New Hampshire wildlife.

However, there are some that residents and tourists alike have to look out for, like these six animals.


If you've ever driven on 89 North into the White Mountains, you may have seen a sign warning you to drive carefully, because a moose could come along and decide to walk right in front of your car.

This is not good for you, your car, and even worse, for the moose.

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Mosquitoes, unfortunately, live in New Hampshire, and they are the worst creatures ever.  Not only do they suck your blood, but according to, they also carry diseases like Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which has more severe symptoms that West Nile Virus.

It's even considered the most deadly animal in the world.

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Gross, gross, and gross.  Eww.

Even the word 'TICKS' gives me the heebie-jeebies.

If you live in New Hampshire, you just know that you don't go in the woods or walk your dog without DEET.  It will keep the ticks away, some of which can give you Lyme Disease, according to

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Timber Rattlesnakes

According to, there are 11 types of snakes in the Granite State, but the timber rattlesnake is the only one that could kill you.

They are so rare, however, that it is a protected species by the state, so don't worry about running into one.  That said, if you do encounter one and it bites you, get to the ER, stat.

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Black Bears

If you grew up watching The Jungle Book, you may have the impression that black bears are friendly and fun.

They are not.  They are to be left alone.

According to, one of the ways to avoid bear encounters is take down your feeders between April and December.  They like birdseed, and could cause damage.

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Even if they look like they are having a good time, like the momma bear and her two cubs spotted on a golf green in Manchester, New Hampshire, do not approach.  ESPECIALLY a momma bear.  She will tear your face off if you get near her cubs.

Black Widow Spider

Occasionally (although not often), the black widow spider makes an appearance in the Granite State, according to Waltham Pest Services. If you are bitten by one of these creatures from the depths of hell, like the venomous snake, head to the ER, pronto.

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Bonus content: Rabid Animals

My beloved brother Rick used to tell me never to approach an otherwise wild animal if all of a sudden they are not afraid of you. That is a good indicator that they are rabid.

In that case, call animal control, and they will handle it.

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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