Letter: Loons Don’t Need More Help
To the Editor:
In response to Teresa Lynch’s July 8 letter, “Help for N.H. Loons”: In 1975, there were 120 pairs of loons in New Hampshire; in 2012, their were 638 pairs. Seems like they’re doing pretty well despite all this deadly lead in the water. The common loon is not considered federally threatened or endangered. I would suspect most biologists would agree that the loon population is at or near the carrying capacity of New Hampshire lakes, at least the ones with enough fish in them. The Loon Preservation Committee’s claim that larger lead-head jigs are the primary cause of loon mortality is false. The committee’s own studies confirm it. If these people really want to save all the loons, maybe they should try to stop the subsistence hunting of approximately 4,500 loons a year by the Inuit people instead of going after New Hampshire fishermen.