Pennsylvania – Jeff Mulhollem

Extinction of Eastern cougar met with sadness in Nittany Valley

You’ll understand if the recent proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare the Eastern cougar extinct takes on a special significance at Penn State, where the Nittany Lion has been the University’s mascot since 1904.After a lengthy review, federal officials in March revealed their conclusion that there are no breeding populations of cougars — also known as…

Way past time for county treasurers to get out of doe-license sales

At the April meeting of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, the politicians again thumbed their nose at sportsmen. Members voted against moving HB 524 (which would allow the Game Commission and designated issuing agents to sell antlerless licenses). That effectively preserves county treasurers’ monopoly on selling doe licenses. The vote was 15-10 against the bill. However, the committee voted…

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania

I don’t think the Sunday-hunting ban will be lifted here, no matter how much money and resources national groups such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation or the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance pour into our state. And they say their campaign is starting now. Because right or wrong, Sunday hunting looks like it has become a partisan issue in Pennsylvania. Republicans…

John Arway is right: Pa. should charge for use of water

I heard a story this week related to the Marcellus natural-gas play that is disturbing. Not illegal or perhaps even unethical, mind you, but troubling all the same. And it illustrates a problem our commonwealth is ignoring.It seems a long-ago established and successful central Pennsylvania trucking company, which is located on the bank of a well-known creek — that is…

Not everyone loves no-kill bass regs on troubled Susquehanna River

Maybe it's just me. For the last several years I have been thinking a lot about the implications of anglers hooking and temporarily removing spawning bass from beds and making their eggs and fry vulnerable to predators such as bluegills. My son is currently conducting research with largemouth bass at the University of Illinois on the question, involving bass and…

Are coyotes keeping deer numbers low in state?

As deer numbers continue to be low on the vast public lands in the state‘s northern tier, and even in many places south of Interstate 80, hunters search for reasons why. They keep coming back to coyotes. Even though the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s deer biologists have consistently claimed that coyote predation on fawns is not increasing, according to their data,…

Chesapeake Bay nutrient imbalance must be addressed

The problem plaguing the Chesapeake Bay is widely known and obvious, according to a crops and soils expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. But after decades of trying to save the famous estuary by spending billions of dollars on pollution-control measures, we have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go to solve…

Famous Benezette town bull dead

One of the most famous residents in Pennsylvania’s northcentral region died Jan. 7, but you may not have seen an obituary. That’s because he was an elk. Nicknamed “Freddy” by local residents and wearing Game Commission research collar #36, the big bull has hung out in and around the Elk County village of Benezette for 18 years… You read that…

Squirrels abound in state’s forests and woodlots, PGC says

Harrisburg — If there’s one game animal that could use some additional attention in Pennsylvania, it’s squirrels. Pennsylvania Game Commission field officers report squirrel populations are strong in most areas of the state. Gray squirrels continue to be found across Pennsylvania in sizeable numbers, and the black-phase gray squirrel isn’t hard to find north of Interstate-80 and east of the…

Squirrels abound in state’s forests and woodlots, PGC says

Harrisburg — If there’s one game animal that could use some additional attention in Pennsylvania, it’s squirrels. Pennsylvania Game Commission field officers report squirrel populations are strong in most areas of the state. Gray squirrels continue to be found across Pennsylvania in sizeable numbers, and the black-phase gray squirrel isn’t hard to find north of Interstate-80 and east of the…

PGC director stresses agency supports law limiting searches

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe wanted to make it very clear – his agency supports the recent enactment of House Bill 181, which reduces search and seizure powers of wildlife conservation officers to the same as other law-enforcement officers in the state. In a written statement he issued recently, Roe attempted to “put to rest, hopefully…

Bait may be allowed on ‘Red Tag’ farms in the southeast

Harrisburg- To further the Game Commission’s efforts to find effective tools to manage the deer populations on agriculture lands in the southeast corner of the state, commissioners took action at their recent quarterly meeting. They gave preliminary approval to a regulatory change to create a focused, limited authorization permitting the use of bait for deer hunting in wildlfe management units…

PGC expects average grouse hunting overall

Harrisburg — With favorable late spring/early summer weather conditions across much of the state, Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists expect ruffed grouse hunting to be average to slightly above average – where good habitat exists – for the more than 100,000 hunters who annually pursue these challenging game birds. The opening day of the state’s three-part grouse season is Saturday, Oct….

Big Game Scoring book available in hard copy

Harrisburg — Copies of the 2010 Pennsylvania Big Game Records are available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop, www.pgc.state.pa.us, or call 1-888-888-3459, or mail your remittance to: PA Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. The book costs $5, which includes sales tax, plus $1.25 shipping and handling. For additional information, contact Pennsylvania Big…

Game Commission announces pheasant-stocking plans

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has slated 108,000 ring-necked pheasants for release on public lands throughout the commonwealth for the upcoming small game hunting seasons, including 16,800 birds for the junior only season (Oct. 9-16). “Based on agency’s budget cuts first implemented in the 2004-05 fiscal year and carried forward since, we reduced our pheasant propagation program by 50 percent,”…

Game Commission tells motorists to watch out for deer

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission today advised motorists to slow down after sundown and before sunrise to reduce their risk of having a close encounter with a white-tailed deer. Deer collisions are an annual occurrence that will continue through Thanksgiving week and begin to slow down in mid-December. For the sake of public safety, the commission is urging motorists to drive…

Pa. pulls welcome mat back from poachers

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl  Roe said, starting today, the commonwealth has begun to reverse its reputation of being a state with minimal risks for chronic poachers as new penalties — including higher fines and possible jail time — go into effect. “Some chronic or commercial poachers considered Pennsylvania’s previous fines as merely a ‘cost of doing business,’”…

Game Commissioners to meet in Wilkes Barre Oct. 4-5

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its next meeting on Oct. 4-5, at the Quality Inn, 880 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. A copy of the agenda for the upcoming meeting will be posted on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) prior to the meeting, and will be able to be viewed by clicking on the “Next Commissioners’ Meeting”…

PGC to hold drawing for elk licenses Sept. 10

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe said the agency’s public drawing for the 2010 elk hunting licenses will be webcast beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10. To view the drawing, a “Live Elk Drawing” icon will be posted on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) for individuals to click on and watch the drawing. In order to watch…

Game Commission seeks citizen advisory committee volunteers

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is calling for nominations of citizens willing to participate in one of four Citizen Advisory Committees (CACs) to help gather input related to the deer management goal of reducing deer-human conflict in three Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in 2011. Those WMUs identified for next year are: WMU 2D, which consists of areas in Armstrong, Butler,…