Letter: Protect Loons; Go Lead-Free

To the Editor:

Your April 13 editorial, “Loons and Lead,” was a timely and welcome reminder that we need to protect our loon populations. In addition to ingesting lead sinkers and jigs from fish that have hooks left in them, loons are bottom foragers requiring pebbles to grind up their food. As you can imagine, sinkers and jigs are a perfect size for loons to ingest from lake bottoms to aid in their digestive process, and, unfortunately, lead is not excreted but retained in their gizzards leading to painful and untimely death.

As the editorial pointed out, non-lead tackle can be more expensive and is regarded as inferior by anglers. The Canaan Lake Association is taking part in a program to promote the use of non-lead sinkers and jigs. Our lake hosts will have free non-lead tackle available for anglers to exchange for their leaded tackle on July 4 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor day at Canaan Lake beach. We ask all our fisherman to take advantage of this program.

Jan Forbush

President, Canaan Lake Association.



Editorial: Loons and Lead; N.H. Bill Offers Needed Protection

Thursday, April 11, 2013

If you sense that there are significantly more loons on the lakes, ponds and rivers of New Hampshire than just a few decades ago, you’re absolutely right. Thanks to the hard work of the Loon Preservation Committee and other conservation organizations, about three times as many loons now take up summer residence in New Hampshire as did in the mid-’70s. …