To The Daily Sun,
To all who care about our state cat:
On the bobcat issue, writing a letter to your local paper and or representatives or even to the House Fish Game and Marine Resource Committees, although admirable, is futile.The F&G Commission will not listen to the outpouring of the public or hunters that go against the grain. The department did not wish for the bobcat to be put back on the list but why should the commission listen to them ether. The commission is on its own page. The House and Senate could care less of what is happening to our wildlife, as long as they are getting re-elected and they are ignorant to what goes on at the F&G Commission meetings anyway.
The F&G and Marine House Legislative Committees are stacked with special interest groups and always has been. So who are you going to call? The Executive Council and governor appoints the commission, therefore it's their responsibility to correct the mistake in who they appoint. The Senate Finance Committee approved state funds to the tune of $1.2 million to be taken from the general fund for the F&G department but the commission refused to allow any representative to the non-hunting public to sit on the commission. Taxation without representation. How does it feel knowing that non-hunting money is going to support activities that we have absolutely no say in or control of?
If you want to shake the cage, I suggest you call your councilman and tell them to intervene. Don't waist your time with the governor's office, they will just give you the politically correct answer, "we will pass on your concern" and that will be the end of that. I also suggest you call day and night, one of the five F&G commissioners who voted in favor of the Bobcat season: in Strafford County, Barry Carr 755-1175, in Grafton County, Todd Baldwin 726-3446, in Hillsboro County, Walter Morse 464-3797, in Carroll County, David L. Patch 387-3771 and in Cheshire County, Robert Phillipson 352-8336. Ask them all, who do they think they are to ignore the will of the majority over the special interest of a minority who will only line their pockets with what the cats pelts bring in. New Hampshire, this is your natural resource we are talking about, not the commissioners private wildlife reserve.
If you do not get any response from the Executive Council or corner office then maybe it's about time we go shopping for someone new that will listen to the majority for a change in November. We need council members who will listen to the department and not some outside commission, which doesn't give a dam of what the majority of the people think.
Eric T. Rottenecker
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