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The current equilibrium has allowed bobcats to modestly thrive

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to weigh in on the opinions expressed in a recent letter (March 31) regarding the New Hampshire Fish and Game's (NHFG) decision to reopen, by lottery, a hunting/trapping season on bobcats. The letter writer states he arrived at what he believes to be the "truth of the matter" by speaking to a representative of the NHFG. I would have suggested a different approach: since the NHFG's decision is based on the Cooperative Bobcat Research Project conducted by the University Of New Hampshire's Department Of Natural Resources, that may have been a better place to start.

The UNH study itself has concise documentation which ranges from Jan. 31, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2014, and breaks down into 14 reports. Every report explains the science behind the evolving research as well as the methods of accumulating the data, which was then subsequently plugged into the science. The data itself was gathered through a wide range of cross-referenced sources such as hunter sightings, civilian sightings, incidental trappings, nuisance relocation trappings, predation evidences, accidental shootings, collision statistics (aka road-kill), cameras (baited ingeniously with attractants) set up in known traffic corridors (game trails in preferable habitat) manned by trained volunteers; GPS collared cats, and finally by the DNA testing of bobcat victims of collision.

All very impressive, but unfortunately — and the study makes no efforts to hide this — the data was subject, in spite of ingenious methods to avoid it, to what I believe to have been an unacceptable margin of error. I could launch into an exhaustive defense of that statement but would rather save time and simply state the following:

The impressive science applied by UNH was only as good as the data applied to it. I believe the data, subject to so many variables, fell short. Additionally, the study itself draws no conclusions, as the letter writer states. The conclusions themselves were drawn by a small handful of the NHFG's board and has since been challenged by a majority vote (one dissenter) of the Joint Legislative Committee On Administrative Rules, which is empowered by law to review all rules and regulations proposed by state agencies.

What the study demonstrated to me, was that the bobcat has in fact modestly thrived, by striking an equilibrium — a balance — naturally, because of the NHFG's prior ban, and that the NHFG should allow that recovery to continue without interference. I have incredible respect for the NHFG's efforts at wildlife management. However, I just believe at this time they are moving too fast in the wrong direction at the wrong time in regard to New Hampshire's bobcat population.

Al Blake

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12 months ending June 2015 were the warmest in at least 136 years

To The Daily Sun,

Russ Wiles, again, is upset that I am condescending to him. Well Russ if you stop saying nonsensical, idiotic things, maybe I would not have to be so condescending. Within the last two weeks we have new information on climate change; yes, Russ, it is happening,

David Pollard, a climatologist at Pennsylvania State University and a co-author of a new paper published by the journal Nature revealed that a new, improved computer model of Antarctica shows that the melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet may not be hundreds or thousands of years in the future, as had been thought until recently, but could be on its way right now. The sea level rise it could cause may total five or six feet by the end of this century, twice the worst-case United Nations scenario of three years ago,  "so high," according to the front-page New York Times story quoting Pollard, "it would likely provoke a profound crisis within the lifetimes of children being born today

Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual maximum extent on March 24, and is now the lowest maximum in the satellite record, replacing last year's record low. This year's maximum extent occurred later than average. A late season surge in ice growth is still possible. NSIDC will post a detailed analysis of the 2015 to 2016 winter sea ice conditions in early April.

Data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice per year between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005.

A letter from 18 scientific organizations to the U.S. Congress states: "Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research demonstrates that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver. These conclusions are based on multiple independent lines of evidence, and contrary assertions are inconsistent with an objective assessment of the vast body of peer-reviewed science."

June was also the fourth warmest month recorded in the 136 year NOAA archive while the 12 months to the end of June 2015 were the warmest 12 month period on NOAA's record.

This follows NOAA's announcement that May 2015 was the warmest May on record. Also February was the warmest February and March was the warmest March, according to NOAA data.

In addition the Great Barrier reef is undergoing bleaching from the increase in the water temperature at a far greater rate than in the past, and concerns are that it may not recover as one bleaching period extends over another.. Bleaching basically means the reef is dying.

In a prior letter to the editor, dated March 15, Russ opines about academia. "Any chance academia might resume teaching the virtues of morality, honesty, integrity and truth..." Does anyone else find this curious, that the most dishonest letter writer makes such a statement. But it is not only me, seems two other writers this week are also dismayed over the nonsense Russ writes. Nowhere did he address, in his letter his outrageous statements I challenged him on. But that is par for the course for this disingenuous writer. He is not above making up facts and apparently does not have the scientific curiosity nor intellectual ability to be able to separate facts from fiction.

You know Russ, you never challenge me on the facts; you resort to name calling and self-pity. It's everyone else who is the problem. Well, Russ, more and more people appear to be on to your charade. Expect more letters in the future, as you continue with your foot-in-mouth style.

Mirno C. Pasquali PAC


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