House Bill 1571 is the 2020 legislation to strengthen and diversify the NH Fish and Game Commission by changing the qualifications needed to serve. Most importantly, HB 1571 will remove the requirement that a Commissioner must hold a hunting, fishing, and/or trapping license for five years of the last ten years.
(UPDATE: This legislation failed in the NH House. To see how your Representative voted go HERE. A yea vote is a vote against the animals.)
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This little coyote beauty was seen somewhere in NH. Never say where you see one. There is no closed season on coyotes, and the coyote haters are listening.
Coyotes are now killed as a result of year-round hunting, five months of trapping, night hunting using high tech electronic calls that mimic wounded prey, hunting over bait and conducting killing “contests” that target coyotes. To continue this intense killing pressure on a species without some respite is not only ecologically unsound, it is morally repugnant.
NH has two fox species, the white-tipped tail red fox, and the black-tipped tail gray fox. Both species are declining in population in NH, so much so, that the wildlife biologists at Fish and Game recommended in January 2017 to put a limit on how many may be trapped. The trappers complained to the Fish and Game Commissioners and the Commissioners listened to the trapper’s opinions rather than to the science the biologists presented to them. Trappers can still kill as many foxes as they want during the trapping season.
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