Support HB 442, the Coyote Protection Bill! 

UPDATE February 15, 2019 – We were informed today that our coyote bill will not be voted on in the Full House of Representatives until February 27 but please contact your Reps as soon as you can. Call them and then follow-up with an email. If enough of us contact our Reps we can get a positive outcome for coyotes.

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The Executive Session was held for our coyotes on February 5. The 20 member Fish and Game and Marine Resources (FGMR) committee voted 14-6 inexpedient to legislate. Not good, but not unexpected. It is Not a good committee for animals and Never has been. We still have a chance to pass the bill in the Full House of Representatives. Please contact your Representatives now and ask them to Support HB 442 by voting No on the ITL. The full house vote will be in Feb 27 so please contact them before then. Phone calls are best. If you email make sure to use your full name and address so they know you are a constituent.

 To find Your Legislators go hereWho’s My Legislator

January 31, 2019, there is a positive editorial in the Concord Monitor for the bill  https://www.concordmonitor.com/Coyote-hunting-23139039

Longtime NH outdoors writer John Harrigan supports coyotes and HB442. Read his article – Mistreating Coyotes is Not the NH Way.

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To Watch our Coyote Video  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm1F9OyBpjg

To View the Text of House Bill 442: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/lsr_search/billText.aspx?id=729&type=4 

To Read VOW’s Brochure –  Coyote Brochure final

To Learn More About Coyotes – coyote bill fact sheet final

FGMR Democratic Committee Members who supported our coyotes and we are grateful to have their support.
Bosman, James B.  –  Francestown Jim.Bosman@leg.state.nh.us
Eisner, Mary A.  – Derry Mary.Eisner@leg.state.nh.us
Read, Ellen D. – Newmarket ellen4nh@gmail.com
Ruprecht, Dennis M. – Landaff Denny.Ruprecht@leg.state.nh.us
Stack, Kathryn – Merrimack Kathryn.Stack@leg.state.nh.us
Von Plinsky, Sparky – Keene sparky.vonplinsky@gmail.com
However these FGMR Democratic Committee Members did not support the bill even though the top priorities of the Democrats on various Committees came out this week and the FGMR Democratic priority is – FISH & GAME – Cathryn Harvey, Chair – Ethical Conservation, Management and Preservation of New Hampshire’s Wildlife and its Various Habitats
Harvey, Cathryn A. – Spofford Cathryn.Harvey@leg.state.nh.us
King, Mark R – Nashua Mark.King@leg.state.nh.us
Dontonville, Roger W. – Enfield rdontonville@gmail.com
Egan, Timothy T.  – Sugar Hill Tim.Egan@leg.state.nh.us
Laflamme, Larry L.  – Berlin Larry.Laflamme@leg.state.nh.us
A Letter from a Constituent-coyote letter to my Reps

Reasons to Close the Hunting Season for Coyotes

1.     Mating begins in January and in April there are litters of young which depend on both parents for food and training. They are not weaned until mid-June and guidance continues while the pups are growing. Young coyotes are more susceptible to becoming nuisance animals if they are not given proper guidance from adult coyotes.

2.     It is inhumane to kill adults during pup rearing. Pups may die of starvation if the adults are killed.

3.     Hunting coyotes year-round is not a good way to manage the species. It does not control the population. Scientists have discovered that coyotes, being responsive breeders, adapt to over-hunting by having larger litters.

4.     Four Northeastern states have closed coyote hunting seasons. NY conducted a study in 1991 that discredited a year-round open hunting season of coyotes in upstate NY. See this study here: The Status and Impact of Eastern Coyotes in Northern New York

5.     The coyote is not a food source nor is it a fur source in warmer months. Recreational killing is not an appropriate use of a wild animal. NHFG law enforcement stated at the October 2017 NHFG Commission meeting that there are laws in NH against wanton waste. It is wanton waste to kill coyotes during the months of April – September.

6.     Hunting seasons for other furbearers are the same, or nearly the same, as the trapping season of that animal. Coyotes stand out as the only furbearer that doesn’t have a closed hunting season.

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