NH Fish and Game asks fishers to throw out lead tackles after two poisoned loons die
MOULTONBOROUGH — The death of multiple loons after ingesting lead fishing tackles has led the NH Fish and Game, along with the Loon Preservation Committee, to urge fishers to obey the new laws and cease the use of lead tackles.
Two loons have already died prior to Memorial Day weekend from the use of the lead tackles by anglers.
This worried NH Fish and Game since July and August are normally the months when loons are usually poisoned by lead due to increased use of lakes and fishing.
In response to the early occurrence of these two deaths, Fish and Game reminded fishers that New Hampshire was the first state to restrict sale and use of lead fishing tackles back in 2000 for the exact purpose of protecting loons.
The current law already bans the sale and freshwater use of lead sinkers and jigs weighing an ounce or less in New Hampshire, and Fish and Game hope that fishers will stop using them to save the loons in the upcoming summer months.