October 27, 2008

Most Pennsylvania State Parks Open for Goose Hunting

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most Pennsylvania state parks are now open for the extended Canada goose hunting season. An exception is the southeast section of the state, within the Atlantic Population Zone, which will be open to hunting starting Nov. 15.

Hunters should contact individual park offices for specific information since the season will open and close intermittently through February and some parks are closed to hunting.

A significant growth in the nonmigratory Canada goose population has drawn complaints of crop damage and nuisance problems in residential neighborhoods. Many state parks also are seeing the effects of overpopulation and have taken measures, including antigoose fencing and the use of loud noisemakers, to scare geese away.

High concentrations of Canada geese and their droppings often are linked to high fecal coliform counts at Pennsylvania state park beaches, causing swimming restrictions during peak-use periods.

Game Commission rules and regulations regarding Canada goose season -- which can be obtained by writing PA Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 171109797, or by calling (717) 7874250 -- will apply.

Persons with disabilities who wish to participate in the hunt should contact the specific state park for further information. Park phone numbers are available by calling 1888PAPARKS or by going online at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ (select "State Parks").

CONTACT: Terry Brady of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, +1-717-772-9101

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

CONTACT: Terry Brady of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation andNatural Resources, +1-717-772-9101

Web Site: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/