Pennsylvania – Jeff Mulhollem

PGC to reimburse deputies at higher rate

The Pennsylvania Game Commission owes a lot to its force of deputy conservation officers. At its recent quarterly meeting in Franklin, Pa., the agency approved a measure to reimbuse their expenses at a slightly higher rate. The board of commissioners voted unanimously to increase the per diem paid (to cover daily expenses incurred while on duty in a 24-hour period)…

Pa. wild-hog-hunting days may be numbered

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is still trying to decide on a policy to control feral swine in the state. The wild pigs are considered to be among the most destructive of invasive species. When they escape from fences intended to control them for pay hunts — and they apparently regularly  do — the animals can inflict serious damage to habitat…

PGC officers write 2 warnings for every citation

Over the years, I have heard many complaints about Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officers being overzealous, unfair and too tough. But a report given by the agency's law-enforcement chief at the commissioners' recent work session in Harrisburg painted a different picture. Richard Palmer, director of the commission's Bureau of Wildlife Protection, told commissioners that 2012 is turning out to…

Did coyotes trigger the ticks-Lyme scourge?

I am always amazed at the interconnectedness of nature. One recently revealed example: it seems the explosive growth in the black-legged tick population and the burgeoning epidemic of Lyme disease is caused by a complex and fascinating series of ecological reactions involving the Eastern coyote. You can read about the most recent research on the subject, which was published in…

Weather story so far this year: Drought averted

The final chapters of the weather story for 2012, of course, have yet to be written, but halfway through the year the plot will surely focus on the dramatic swing in precipitation trends, according to a hydrologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. After the extremely warm and dry winter Pennsylvania experienced — one of the mildest since records…

Can’t help pondering fawns and predators

For years, folks who have voiced fears and strident warnings about the impact of predators on Pennsylvania’s deer fawns have been widely regarded as kooks and cranks. But a study unfolding in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan makes me wonder. Before I proceed any further, I want to, as they say in a court of law, stipulate to two Keystone…