By NH State Representative L. Mike Kappler
Carriage Towne News
---- — RAYMOND —Talk about wasting money. Our state Executive Council unanimously approved a study, costing about $700K, to be done by wildlife experts from UNH, to study the rapid decline of moose in New Hampshire. The study will include netting of moose, using a helicopter, then collaring them with a tracking device, and monitoring their travels and activities.
The current population of moose in New Hampshire is 4,500. If the Department of Fish & Game is so worried about the decline to want to spend that much money for a study, why not stop hunting them for several years? Fish & Game runs an annual state lottery to hunt (kill) moose. This hunt is in October for nine days. For this fall, Fish & Game has already conducted the lottery and awarded 275 moose permits to shoot moose, from a pool of 13,000 applicants. Fish & Game claims the economic value of “moose watching” to the state is in the tens of millions annually, and is worth this study. What do you think?
(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)