To The Daily Sun,
Reinstating bobcat hunting and trapping sure is a touchy subject. After seeing all the histrionics and hand-wringing that has been published here, I decided to get facts. On Monday the 28th, I got a chance to talk with a representative of N.H. Fish and Game on the why they want to reinstate bobcat trapping. Let me say, most of the public is totally uninformed!
In the late 60s, to preserve the bobcat, hunting and trapping were brought into licensing to prevent the loss of the animals. This was a good move, and the bobcat population thrived — to the point it was a bounty animal (trappers were paid to trap them) in 1973. Harsh winters in the middle and late 70s saw a decline in the population, and the bobcat was put on the protected list in 1975. Due to the continuing harsh winters, in 1989, all hunting and trapping of bobcats was suspended.
More recently, trappers of other species have indicated that the "occasional bobcat" has been caught and released with increasing regularity. This prompted a 5-year study (not taxpayer funded!) on bobcats. The study concluded that, for the health of the bobcat population, reinstating harvest (by hunting or trapping) would be a good idea. The results of the study were sent to Minnesota where a study of bobcats in the lower 48 states had been done, and they were in agreement: for the good of the species, it is time to REINSTATE hunting and trapping. FOR THE GOOD OF THE SPECIES IT IS TIME TO REINSTATE LICENSED HUNTING AND TRAPPING OF THE BOBCAT!
Those who profess to love animals will not heed the science or research. While they claim to love the animals, they always stand against good stewardship, they ALWAYS come out on the side that wants to see a species overpopulate, critically endanger their food and habitat sources, and die slowly of starvation. We have seen this with deer in certain areas of N.H., and they want to do the same to N.H.'s bobcats! For the love of bobcats, allow the N.H. Fish and Game to do what they do best — protect the species through good stewardship practices!
And lastly, a shout out to all trappers who have not yet been made aware: April 1at 9 a.m., the JLCAR meeting regarding reinstating bobcat trapping has been moved to Representative Hall! For the health of the bobcat population, you are needed there!
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