Save the bobcat in NH

 

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It’s time to Send in your Public Comment on the rulemaking proposal to open a trapping and hunting season on bobcats. This is the single most important thing you can do to Save NH Bobcats.

Timeframe:    Now through February 10, 2016
By email:
         Subject line >>  Bobcat – in opposition to season
         Email address: comments@wildlife.nh.gov  (goes to Atty. Evan Mulholland, Legal Coordinator) If for any reason this link does not work for you please check here for the email: http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/legislative/proposed-rules.html
By fax:
Subject line >>>  Bobcat – in opposition to season
By postal letter:
                     Atty. Evan Mulholland, Legal Coordinator
                     NH Fish & Game Department
                     11 Hazen Drive
                     Concord, NH 03301
 

Mark Your Calendars for this later:

Attend a Rulemaking Hearing

Time: February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

Location: Representatives Hall in the Statehouse, Concord, NH  107 Main St.

The public hearing will be continued on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at Fish and Game’s Region 1 Office at 629B Main Street in Lancaster, N.H.

The hearing is being continued on the second day to ensure that North Country citizens have an adequate chance to participate.

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Rulemaking Notice Summary:

The Fish and Game Department is proposing to readopt with amendment Fis 303.05 to establish rules for a bobcat season. Taking bobcats is currently prohibited by the existing rule. The rule would allow the issuance of 50 bobcat permits distributed geographically in the state, issued via a lottery, and would establish separate seasons for trapping and hunting. Baiting and hounding would be allowed with certain restrictions. Sub-permittees would also be allowed. The fee for a bobcat permit would be $100. The Department is also proposing to adopt Fis 303.051 and Fis 303.052 regarding the required bobcat hunter diary and regarding baiting for bobcat. Finally, the Department is also proposing to readopt with amendment Fis 303.11 regarding the required seal under RSA 210:8. Bobcats would be required to be sealed under the proposed rule.

To read the entire Rulemaking Notice and the Initial Proposal, go here  www.wildlife.state.nh.us/legislative/proposed-rules.html 

Why Protect Bobcats? Bobcats have been protected in NH from hunting and trapping since 1989. That moratorium on the killing gave the population a chance to recover. This recovery provided a convenient excuse for F&G to propose opening a season on bobcats for recreational hunting and trapping.

Top predators, such as the bobcat, serve a vital function in our ecosystems. They exert a top-down regulation keeping not only their prey populations in check, but also keep entire ecosystems healthy, abundant and diverse. The bobcat also self-regulates its population in response to environmental triggers. Hence there is no fear of bobcat overpopulation, and there is no need to kill the bobcat to manage its population.

Wildlife watchers in NH greatly outnumber hunters and trappers, yet F&G policies cater only to hunters and trappers. NH’s wild outdoors belong to all Granite Staters. Those who appreciate bobcats and don’t want them to be killed, for the pleasure of a few, need to have their voices heard!

Patrick Tate, the furbearer biologist at NHFG, stated in a 2011 article in the Hippo Press that these two questions should be answered before a bobcat season would be opened.

1, Are bobcat populations so large as to be unhealthy for the animal and the ecosystem?

2, Are they causing problems with humans?

The answer to both of these questions is NO. Bobcats are not causing any problems with humans in NH and they are not over-populated.  Fish and Game freely admits to open a season on bobcats is solely to provide an opportunity to hunters and trappers. There is no need, only a recreational opportunity, and just for a small minority of NH residents.

 

 

TALKING POINTS from HSUS:

Oppose a bobcat trapping/hounding/baiting

season

Until they were protected in 1989, New Hampshire’s bobcats were trapped

to the brink of extinction. It’s estimated that there are only 1,400-2,200

animals, and a trapping, hounding, and baiting season could jeopardize this

fragile species by allowing the same methods that led to their demise in the

first place.

Because of their elusive nature, the cruelest and most unsporting methods

will be used to kill bobcats –including hounding, baiting, and trapping –likely using

inhumane and painful steel-jawed leghold traps.

Trapped bobcats can sustain debilitating injuries such as broken limbs and

broken teeth; dislocated shoulders; lacerations; fractures; amputation of

digits, paws, or whole legs; physiological stress and or pain; dehydration;

and exposure to weather.

Because they’re only required to be checked once a day, bobcats could be stuck

languishing in pain for hours until the trapper returns to shoot

the animal at point-blank range.

Hounding is equally barbaric for bobcats. Allowing packs of dogs to chase a

bobcat through the woods, until the animal is either caught on the ground

or shot off of a tree branch is unsporting, inhumane, and unnecessary.

Hunting hounds can kill kittens and other sensitive wildlife, as well as trespass on private property.

Bobcats are not hunted for their meat –people do not eat bobcat. Instead,

bobcats are killed for their fur, and their pelts are sold to overseas markets.

Why are we allowing a small group of individuals to exploit our public resource just so they

can make a quick buck by selling bobcat fur to China, Russia, and Greece?

Bobcats only weigh about 15-35 pounds, and are just slightly larger than the

average housecat. Shy creatures, they pose no threat to humans, and

actually spotting a bobcat is a rare and treasured event. Because they prey

on rabbits, mice and other small rodents they are actually considered beneficial to farmers.

Please continue to sign the SAVE THE BOBCAT PETITION. This petition is for NH Residents Only and will be given to NHFG on Feb 1.

Below is the contact info for our Fish and Game Commissioners.  Everyone in NH has a commissioner who represents us by county and they are the ones who will decide if to open a hunting, hounding and trapping season on NH’s bobcats. Yes, they are actually considering chasing these wildcats with dogs (hounding), as if trapping isn’t bad enough! In addition to writing your commissioner make sure you also sign the petition.
Thanks everyone!

Strafford County
Barry Carr
285 NE Pond Rd
Milton, NH 03851
755-1175
Merrimack County
Vincent Greco
PO Box 151
Pembroke, NH 03275
715-9091
Coos County
Theodore A. Tichy
12 Spruceville Road
Milan, NH 03588
449-2244
Belknap County
John W. McGonagle
165 Potter Hill Road
Gilford, NH 03249
524-3144
Carroll County
David L. Patch
PO Box 10
Glen, NH 03838
387-3771
Cheshire County
Robert Phillipson
195 Gunn Road
Keene, NH 03431
352-8336
Coastal
Fred Clews, Jr.
100 Landing Rd.
Hampton, NH 03842
926-5072
Grafton County
Todd Baldwin
36 Chickenboro Rd.
Thornton, NH 03285
726-3446
Hillsborough County
Walter Morse
103 Preston Road
Hillsboro, NH 03244
464-3797
Rockingham County
James W. Ryan
194 Old Mountain Rd.
Northwood, NH 03261
942-8579
Sullivan County
Tom Hubert
585 Unity Road
Newport, NH 03773
863-9213

 

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