Target: Governor Maggie Hassan
Goal: Commend New Hampshire’s step against wildlife poaching
Governor Maggie Hassan recently signed legislation that takes a step against wildlife poaching in New Hampshire. It allows New Hampshire to become a member of Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. This membership means that people who have lost hunting, fishing, or trapping licenses in member states for violations like poaching cannot find a way around those revocations in New Hampshire. It also keeps people who have lost their licenses in New Hampshire from hunting, fishing, or trapping in other member states.
Joanne Bourbeau, Northeast Regional Director for The Humane Society of the United States said “The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is a valuable resource for cracking down on poaching and will help New Hampshire’s conservation officers protect our wildlife.” Poaching is the unlawful taking of wild animals and plants, such as through fishing, hunting, and trapping. Poaching can occur when the game is not in season, if it is being hunted outside of legal hours, or when the means used is not legal, such as using spotlights to stun deer. It can also occur if the poacher does not have permission to hunt on the land he is hunting on, does not own the land, or the animal or plant being hunted is protected or endangered.
Thirty-nine states are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, and five, including New Hampshire, have passed legislation to join it. In 1989, Colorado, Oregon, and Nevada were the first states to form the compact. Praise New Hampshire for its efforts to protect wildlife from illegal poaching.