State Lawmaker Loses Committee Seat After Shooting Squirrel

Jun 28, 2019

Credit NHPR Staff

A state lawmaker who shot a squirrel in his yard and shared a graphic photo of it on Twitter has lost his seat on a State House committee.

Deerfield Republican Jim Spillane shared a photo of the animal's bloody carcass last month. That prompted a complaint to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, which told him he did not have the legal right to kill the squirrel outside the hunting season.

Spillane said the squirrel was invading his chicken coop, but the agency said a law allowing property owners to kill animals causing substantial damage didn't apply.

Democratic House Speaker Steve Shurtleff said Friday Spillane was removed from the House Fish and Game Committee due to that warning. Spillane didn't return a call seeking comment.