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New Poll: Majority of New Hampshire Voters Oppose Bobcat Hunting Season

A new statewide survey reveals that a strong majority of New Hampshire voters oppose the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission’s proposal to open a bobcat trapping, hounding, baiting and trophy hunting season in the state. The survey found that 62 percent of voters oppose the trapping and trophy hunting of bobcats in New Hampshire, while only 25 percent support a hunt.

Large majorities in all demographics, party affiliations and geographic regions of the state are in opposition to the Commission’s proposal to consider opening a season on bobcats for the first time in over 25 years. The Commission will hold two hearings on the proposal on February 1 in Concord and February 2 in Lancaster and will be accepting public comment until February 10. The Humane Society of the United States is urging the Commission to reject the proposal.

Seventy-six percent of voters oppose allowing the use of steel-jawed leghold traps to kill bobcats, while only 17 percent of voters were in support. The survey also revealed that by 69 percent to 23 percent, respondents are against the hounding and baiting of bobcats.

Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for The HSUS, said: “Allowing the trapping and trophy hunting of bobcats is unpopular. The survey found that voters oppose the use of steel-jawed leghold traps, hounding and baiting to kill these small and reclusive animals by wide margins. Given the opposition to these cruel and unsporting hunting methods and the precarious biological state of bobcats in New Hampshire, it’s clear that the Fish and Game Commission should abandon their proposal to open a hunting season on bobcats.”

The poll of 1,219 statewide New Hampshire voters was conducted by Remington Research Group from January 11 – January 12, 2016. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent.

Media Contact: Chloe Detrick, cdetrick@humanesociety.org, 202-658-9091

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