To The Daily Sun,
On Feb. 17, the decision to make the hunting and trapping of bobcats in the state of New Hampshire was passed by a 5-4 vote, despite an overwhelming opposition by the general public.
Studies have been done to determine the population of these cats and all are estimates, anywhere from 800 to 1,200, bearing in mind that as of 1989 the approximate number in the state was about 200.
Bobcats are not a viable food source. This "hunt" will be strictly for the purpose of sport killing. Trapping is also permitted under this law, which is cruel and inhumane. There are different types of traps, including foothold traps, where the cats are left for up to 24 hours with their foot clamped before being shot in the head with a 22-caliber gun. Animals have been known to chew off their own legs when trapped with footholds just to escape.
By an admission from the UNH bobcat study, 'the resurgence of bobcats in New Hampshire likely has little impact on the ecosystem; they will never reach a density level where they could become a pest the way deer, for instance, have." So then, why?
Aren't we better than this ... to kill or torture a creature just for the egomaniac sport of it all ? No other reason but for bragging rights ?
Please sign the petition to tell N.H. Fish and Game that this is not acceptable and let's let our magnificent bobcats live. Thank you and please share this plea with all your friends. Sign the partition on my Facebook page or "Google" it. God bless all God's creatures.!
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