Help Today is Needed to Change
NH Fish and Game
We need your help NOW in making a monumental change in the NH Fish and Game Commission to be more wildlife and environmentally friendly, by adding an “at-large” or non-trapper/hunter/fisherman member. It takes only a couple of minutes for you to call or email the Senate Finance Committee (see contact info below). This will not happen unless YOU ACT.
The most effective way is to call. You can use the following template when calling:
“I strongly urge the senator to put back section 112 in HB2 in regard to adding an at-large member in Fish and Game Commission.”
Here’s more detail to put in your email if you wish:
“In our governor’s budget HB2, section 112, it calls for an ‘at-large’ or public member in the NH Fish and Game Commission. Right now all members are required to be trappers/hunters/fishermen, and so they cater only to this group, although the majority of Granite Staters are wildlife watchers. Unfortunately, section 112 was taken out in the House Finance Committee. I am asking that the Senate Finance Committee put section 112 back and pass it.”
Please call or write all six members, but make sure to say you are a constituent if you live in one of the towns listed.
Senate Finance Committee contact info:
Jeanie Forrester, Chairman
(Senate District 2 comprises: Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Center Harbor, Danbury, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Grafton, Groton, Haverhill, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Meredith, New Hampton, Orange, Orford, Piermont, Plymouth, Rumney, Sanbornton, Tilton, Warren, Wentworth, and Wilmot)
(603) 271-4980 office
(603) 279-1459 home
Gerald Little, V Chairman
(Senate District 8 comprises: Acworth, Antrim, Bennington, Bradford, Croydon, Deering, Francestown, Goshen, Grantham, Hillsborough, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, New London, Newbury, Newport, Springfield, Stoddard, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Washington, Weare, and Windsor.)
(603) 271-4151 office
(603) 660-2248 home
(Senate District 22 comprises: Atkinson, Pelham, Plaistow and Salem.)
(603) 271-8472 office
(Senate District 17 comprises: Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Raymond, and Strafford.)
(603) 271-4063 office
(603) 463-5945 home
(Senate District 20 comprises: Goffstown and Wards 3, 4, 10 and 11 in the City of Manchester)
(603) 271-2117 office
(603) 669-3494 home
(Senate District 7 comprises: Andover, Belmont, Boscawen, Canterbury, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia, Northfield, Salisbury, and Webster.)
Show up and speak out:
Public Hearings on State Budget
Tuesday May 5, 2015
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
At the State House (Representatives Hall), Concord, N.H.
Hearings will be streamed live at:
NHARL is working to keep the bobcat protected in NH. If you would like to help with this effort please sign our SAVE THE BOBCAT PETITION. This petition is for NH Residents Only. Thank you!
Here is the contact info for our Fish and Game Commissioners. It is now time to write or call them to voice our opposition to a hunting, hounding and trapping season of NH bobcats. We all have a commissioner who represents us by county.
February 11, 2015 we learned NH Fish and Game is considering opening a hunting, hounding, and trapping season on bobcats. They are actually considering chasing these wildcats with dogs, as if trapping isn’t bad enough. We have under 2 months to convince Fish and Game this is a very bad idea. In addition to writing make sure you also sign the petition atwww.tinyurl.com/bobcatpetition
PO Box 151
Pembroke, NH 03275
Theodore A. Tichy
12 Spruceville Road
Milan, NH 03588
John W. McGonagle
165 Potter Hill Road
Gilford, NH 03249
David L. Patch
PO Box 10
Glen, NH 03838
195 Gunn Road
Keene, NH 03431
Fred Clews, Jr.
100 Landing Rd.
Hampton, NH 03842
36 Chickenboro Rd.
Thornton, NH 03285
103 Preston Road
Hillsboro, NH 03244
James W. Ryan
194 Old Mountain Rd.
Northwood, NH 03261
585 Unity Road
Newport, NH 03773
An open letter to the NH Fish and Game about opening a bobcat season:
Scott Semmens, MS
(Teacher, High School & College, for 25 years
NH Environmental Science Teacher of the Year, 2004
Tracker, outdoor enthusiast, ex-hunter)
Stoddard, NH 03464
January 21, 2015
Director Normandeau and Fish & Game Commission,
I am sorry I can not attend this meeting because I have semester exams that I have to attend to. I am happy to hear that NH Fish and Game and University of New Hampshire have completed a study which may show that bobcat population is on the rise. As a tracker and outdoor enthusiast, I would consider this potential increase encouraging and exciting. At the same time I am concerned that Fish and Game would see this as a revenue opportunity. Well, it seems Fish and Game is now considering opening up a killing season for bobcats. I find this wrong on many levels.
Recreational trapping is a deplorable act, one that is archaic and brutal. I understand the need for professional trapping, one for those occasional so-called nuisance animals. But trapping is no longer needed to fill the needs of food, clothing and shelter. Moreover, recreational trappers often trap non-targeted species, many of which are not reported.
Trapping or killing of predators is also very disruptive to the social and ecological structure in the areas in which it happens. I for one am very glad to see any increase of predators, because such increase in the long run (and not too long) means we are going to see an increase in the diversity of New Hampshire’s ecosystems. One just has to look at the increase of wolves in the Yellowstone area to see the dramatic increase of diversity of plants and birds in the area in just a short period of time. I am sure that the biologists at the Fish and Game have thoroughly read many of these studies and articles. You will find two of the many references below.
We have so few predators in this state and no large predators. It is a good thing that coyotes and bobcats are filling in the ranks. We should honor that.
I find the attempt of Fish and Game to increase revenue by trapping bobcats unimaginative and uninspired. Much more people come to this state to view wildlife then to kill them. I find the use of the word “harvest” of animals very revealing to the lack of vision by Fish and Game.
We delude ourselves that we have complete control over nature. We treat animals like commodities. What we really lack is the respect toward the animals. I have seen and continue to see the wanton destruction of ecosystems around the world in the name of profit. We can not continue on this path. And I think change should begin here and now, in how we teach our children and educate our adults to garner respect, and in the process experience the beauty and wonder that is our natural world. I feel that Fish and Game (and maybe the name need to be changed) is missing an opportunity to generate revenue through education, nature guides, and perhaps wildlife fees or stamps. Naturally I have not exhausted the many possible ways for Fish and Game to seek revenue other than to open up a bobcat killing season.
I would be happy to contribute my skills as a tracker and GIS instructor with Fish and Game as I have done in my high school and college courses. I suspect Fish and Game will find many people who would be willing to do the same, especially there will be many teachers across the state retiring in a few years. I am sure more than a few will be interested in contributing their time, if – Fish and Game is truly committed to this endeavor. This is the kind of discussion we should be having and not retreat to the same old same old to try to solve the same problems we failed to solve using the same solutions before.
R. Scott Semmens
Effects of Remedial Sport Hunting on Cougar Complaints and Livestock Depredations