- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has received more than $50,000 since the beginning of the year on sales of the state’s new voluntary Safe Hike cards.

The cards have been available for purchase since Jan. 1, WMUR-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1StJUHg) Saturday. More than 2,500 cards have been sold.

They insure hikers against rescue-related costs, but do not necessarily cover those who act negligently. They help cover the costs of search and rescue missions, which come to about $350,000 for the average 180 rescue missions each year in the state.

Boat and off-highway road vehicle registrations do not generally cover the entire costs.

And while the department relies primarily on license sales for hunting and fishing to pay its bills, license sales have decreased while operating costs have increased, Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau previously told New Hampshire Public Radio.

The commission is considering increasing license fees next year.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, https://wmur.com

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