New Hampshire is home to some fascinating wildlife, from the common deer to lesser-known fisher cats. It’s a good idea to know what indigenous animals there are in New Hampshire, whether you live in a rural area and get frequent animal visitors to your yard, or live in a city and are going on a hike. 

Moose – The moose is common to North America – most of them are found in Alaska and Canada, however there are some in New Hampshire. The Eastern Moose, indigenous to the Eastern United States, is, on average, six feet six inches tall, and are over five hundred pounds. Moose generally aren’t aggressive creatures, and are slow-moving unless provoked. Beware while driving, though – moose can cause accidents while crossing the road.  

Fisher Cats – Fisher cats are a more unusual New Hampshire animal. They’re usually small, and generally harmless – they don’t attack humans unless cornered. If you hear a sound like a baby screaming while in nature, don’t worry – it’s likely not an abandoned baby – it’s probably just a fisher cat.

Porcupines – The symbol of the Free State Project, porcupines are found in New Hampshire.. Their sharp pointy quills tend to get caught in humans and other animals, but other than that, they are harmless. They weigh somewhere between twelve and thirty-five pounds, and are slow-moving.

Black Bears – Black bears are also native to New Hampshire. While thinking a black bear could be living in your backyard is a scary thought, they try to avoid confrontation with humans as much as possible. Grizzly bears, on the other hand (which are not native to NH), do attack humans. Black bears are not very territorial, and the mother bears aren’t as protective over their cubs as grizzly bears are.

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Carla moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project and to be with her beloved, Shem. She fell in love with not only the area, but also Granite Staters’ warm welcome. "I adore the way most folks I have met are so warm and friendly. I notice the difference and miss it when returning to Boston for a visit." 

Carla, who is studying to be a health coach through the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition course, recently decided to buy a home after renting for a few years. She found a waterfront home that was just that she was looking for in Unity, on Crescent Lake. "I wasn’t particular about a specific town; looking for a special house was the priority. I believe the name suits me because it’s how I would like to see humans live, in unity." 

Carla loves all that Unity has to offer to help her get acclimated and feel a part of the community, from the lake’s association that offers group activities to a homeschool-friendly CSA which offers potlucks, food for sale that is locally grown, and art classes, among other things.

As she was searching for her house, Carla came across a quote that really spoke to her. As she explains, "Thomas Moore writes about, ‘… concrete decisions of everyday life that day by day either support or disturb the soul.’ I believe that deciding to live at Panta rhei (‘Everything flows’ – a name which I found in one of Mr. Moore’s books), very much supports my soul. It’s interesting that the author hosts workshops all over the world, talking about the importance of one’s surroundings, and he chose to make NH his home."

Welcome home, Carla. 

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