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Letter: N.H. Anglers Lose Again

To the Editor:

It seems that the fisherman in New Hampshire will lose again if the lead jig bill becomes law (“N.H. House Votes to Ban Lures That Harm Loons,” May 23). Why is it that the loon population is growing slowly but steadily? It is not declining at all. I’m quite sure it has more to do with available habitat and food sources. Whoever thinks loons aren’t plentiful hasn’t been to any lake in the Upper Valley. The loon population is never going to be the size of the Canada goose; most bodies of water don’t have an adequate food supply for that many loons.

Someday, when the so-called do-gooders make fishing so expensive that no one will participate any more, they will have to pay for the management of fish and wildlife themselves — the way sportsmen now do. Good luck with that!

Joseph R. Krasnecky

North Hartland

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