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Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Deborah Weisberg

Pennsylvania Game Commission’s building undergoing big expansion, renovation

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is expanding its headquarters here in a $14 million project designed to accommodate a growing staff, enhance operations and improve facilities for law enforcement.
Work is underway on a new $1.3 million addition to the agency’s warden training school, which will include weights and other standard fitness equipment, an armory for firearms maintenance, and storage space, with occupancy slated for late June. It will augment an existing basketball-size, multipurpose gym.

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Park in southwestern Pennsylvania contains bison that dates back nearly a century

Although wild bison were gone from Pennsylvania by 1801, the giant mammals have existed in a public park near here for almost 100 years.
A herd of 11 — counting two calves born in March — lives on an 11-acre preserve owned by Allegheny County in South Park Township. Their ancestors were brought to the area in 1927 by county commissioners, who purchased 36 head from the Harry Drexler farm in Schnecksville, Lehigh County, with plans to stock half in South Park and half in North Park.

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New game land in Philadelphia ready for bowhunters

Residents of Philadelphia won’t have to travel far to bowhunt this fall, with the opening of a new state game land within the city.
The 17.88-acre tract, which was donated to the Pennsylvania Game Commission by a local development corporation, is now State Game Land 339 and the only such property in Philadelphia County.

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New wildlife-viewing platform open on Haldeman Island in Pennsylvania’s Dauphin County; not all happy with changes

A ribbon-cutting will be held this summer for a wildlife-viewing platform now open to the public on Haldeman Island on the Susquehanna River in Dauphin County.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission project, which was completed last year on the southern edge of a 360-acre waterfowl propagation area, provides birders, photographers, and other visitors with new opportunities to watch waterfowl and marsh and shore birds.

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Feds provide grants to cap wells in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest

Dozens of abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells in the Allegheny National Forest have been earmarked for plugging, remediation and reclamation this year through a federal bipartisan initiative administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Pennsylvania will receive funding to cap 37 wells in the forest – known as the ANF – as part of a multi-year $250 million program launched in 2022 to clean up thousands of defunct sites on federal public lands in 24 states.

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Pennsylvania bear mauling victim is recovering

A Butler County, Pa., woman feels lucky to be alive, having survived a mauling by a black bear on the deck of her Butler Township home March 5 in an encounter she calls “terrifying.”
Lee Ann Galante, 55, was attacked by a sow at around 8:30 p.m. soon after she let her 8-pound Pomeranian, Smokie, into the backyard for a break. It began with Smokie barking at a bird feeder at the side of the house and a “terrible commotion” that Galante presumed involved a deer.

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Pennsylvania’s ATV trail connector extension gets mixed reviews

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will continue to operate a controversial ATV Regional Trail Connector in state forests in the Northern Tier at least through the 2025 riding season, expanding a pilot program that ended last year.
While it is welcome news to thousands of ATV enthusiasts who have purchased passes to use the trail connector, the program gets a thumbs-down from environmentalists who say it poses a threat to the health and peaceful ambiance of the forests.

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Alligator that survived Pennsylvania winter one of 70 animals killed during fire at rescue facility

An alligator believed to have survived a Pennsylvania winter in the wild has perished in a fire at a suburban sanctuary here.
Neo was one of more than 70 gators, turtles, salamanders, tarantulas and other animals that died in the Feb. 26 blaze at the non-profit Nate’s Reptile Rescue in South Park, which Allegheny County police say housed about 100 exotics. No cause had been announced by the county fire marshal as of March 3.

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