To the Editor: I have been attending Fish & Game Commission meetings for many years. What recently happened regarding the closed discussion and vote by the commission, effectively ousting current Director Glenn Normandeau, was a cold and calculated move. Governor Sununu has been appointing some of the most biased hunters and trappers to the commission, including his turkey-hunting buddy, Fred Bird.
The public is increasing their demands that wildlife be treated humanely and protected against unnecessary killing just for sport. The staff of the department will make recommendations sometimes that limits be put on take of some animals or seasons reduced. Director Normandeau had faith in his staff to make the right call.
Most of the commissioners, however, have shown themselves to be just mouthpieces for the sportsmen and like children, have voted against any move to protect animals because it is perceived as anti-hunting or anti-trapping.
The Fish & Game Commission is on an apparent power trip with a clear agenda. It is a cowardly act to oust a director and not even “man or woman up” as to how you voted. Two of the most outspoken trappers in this state were appointed to the commission by Sununu, and they made it clear that they want the bobcat back to trap and have shown disdain for any person with the label of an anti-hunter or anti-trapper.
Wildlife is in trouble folks with this commission, and we need to pay attention!