In New Hampshire, trapping bears is considered so cruel it is against the law. The NH Trappers Association (NHTA) is promoting a contest for its members to win a prize of trapping a black bear in neighboring Maine. Two NH Fish & Game Commission members are also on the Board of Directors for the NH Trappers Association. THIS IS CLEARLY A CONFLICT!
New Hampshire has decided that bear trapping is inhumane, yet two rulemaking members of the F&G Commission (Paul DeBow and John Caveney) promote bear trapping through their ties to the NHTA so therefore are in conflict with the laws of the state of New Hampshire regarding bear regulations.
Both of these commissioners are biased because of their leadership roles with the NHTA and also want to bring back bobcat trapping, which has been banned in this state since the 1980's. They vote and make rules for their trapping organization's interests and are not objective. The NHTA also is politically motivated to protect trapping and trappers. THAT IS NOT supposed to be what Fish & Game Commissioners are there for!
We are asking Governor Chris Sununu to remove his biased appointments of Paul DeBow and John Caveney and instead appoint commissioners that will respect NH laws and regulations and not promote cruel practices like bear trapping.
(Bear Photo Courtesy by Glenn Wahl)