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Raffle of a bobhouse to be held during weekend's ice fishing derby

To The Daily Sun,

The Meredith Fire Department Wamesit Engine Companies' annual raffle of a bobhouse will be held during the Meredith Rotary Great Fishing Derby Feb, 27-28. Please come to Meredith Bay this weekend and enjoy all its beauty with friends and support these two great community organizations.

The Wamesit Engine Companies are a civic group comprised of Meredith's firefighters, interns, and trainees. Like the Meredith Rotary, all money raised by us goes back into our local area. We support our members and their families in time of need. We support our interns with a scholarship program, and we support the town with our trainee program. We are proud to provide the town exceptional protection for its citizens.

We will have a warming trailer set up next to The Meredith Rotary headquarters where you can meet our fine interns and volunteers, warm up and ask about ice conditions, and donate for a raffle ticket to the custom bobhouse. The Meredith Rotary Great Fishing Derby is a community tradition and a chance to see old friends and make new ones. Please stop by and support us.

Bev Lapham III
Meredith Fire Department Wamesit Engine Companies
Meredith

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Let Fish & Game know hunting & trapping bobcats isn't acceptable

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.!

Joe Laurendeau

Gilmanton

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