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…