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2010-10-15 08:03:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New and expanding opportunities for fishers and bobcats highlight this year's furbearer trapping and hunting seasons, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials. After 10 bobcat seasons harvests tempered by specific numbers of permits, the Board established a three-week bobcat season (Dec. 18-Jan. 8 for hunting, and Dec. 18-Jan. 9 for trapping), and provides all furtaker and combination license holders the opportunity to...

2010-09-22 07:30:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officers (WCOs), Land Management Group Supervisors (LMGSs) and foresters spend a considerable amount of time gathering information about wildlife population trends in their districts. With the hunting and trapping seasons just around the corner, the Game Commission, once again, is sharing that information - through its website - with those who enjoy Penn's Woods. To view these field...

2010-09-07 07:54:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. 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,'" Roe said. "However, the Pennsylvania General...

2009-11-10 11:33:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many of the state's furbearer trapping and hunting seasons are underway and, based on comments from Pennsylvania Game Commission field officers, hunters and trappers should have a good year. The general trapping season -- for coyotes, foxes, raccoons, opossums, skunks and weasels -- opened Oct. 25 and runs through Feb. 21. The season for mink and muskrats is Nov. 21 to Jan. 10; beavers, Dec. 26 to March 31. Raccoon hunting season began...

2009-06-17 10:13:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that hunters and trappers harvested 487 bobcats during the 2008-09 bobcat seasons. Harvest numbers for 2008-09 by WMU are: WMU 2A, 2; WMU 2C, 34; WMU 2E, 14; WMU 2F, 41; WMU 2G, 126; WMU 3A, 56; WMU 3B, 123; WMU 3C, 42; WMU 3D, 23; and WMU 4D, 15. "The 2008-09 bobcat permit holder success rate of 40 percent is tied for the second highest with the 2005-06 harvest, both of which were...

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2009-06-15 06:45:00

In up-and-coming industrial nations like China and Russia, growing upper-middle classes have sparked a boom in demand for a number of luxury items.  One of the newest fads "” opulent fur coats made of bobcat pelts "” has triggered fears amongst environmentalists that the elusive cats may become victims of over-trapping as the price for their furs soar in response to exploding demand. A single bobcat hide can now command a market price of up to $550, a reward that has ushered...

2009-03-30 12:36:00

BETHESDA, Md., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --On March 26, 2009, eight criminal charges were dropped against Maryland animal welfare advocate Harriett Crosby for rehabilitating injured foxes without a permit. In a settlement, Crosby pleaded guilty to one count of refusing to obey a lawful order to turn off her car and she agreed not to sue the officers who seized the animals. Upon approving the settlement, the District Court judge fined her only ten dollars, sending a clear signal to...

2009-02-25 15:43:18

Officials in Oregon said they are mulling their options to stop a beaver from flooding a body of water that shares his name, Beaverton Creek. Bruce Barbarasch, superintendent of the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Natural Resources Division, said the beaver's dam in Beaverton's Center Street Park is causing the creek to overflow, putting nearby apartments in danger of flooding, KPTV, Portland, Ore., reported Wednesday. Parks and recreation officials said they have been unable to...

2009-02-05 10:30:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the 2008-09 deer seasons closed, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe is reminding hunters who harvested an antlered or antlerless deer to submit their postage-paid harvest report card that they received when they purchased their license. For those who may have lost their harvest report cards, replacement report cards can be found on page 33 of the 2008-09 Hunting & Trapping Digest, that they received when...

2009-01-13 13:40:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife officials are gaining new information about wildlife movements from a State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry research project, as an eastern coyote was caught in a Commonwealth trapper's cable restraint in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. According to SUNY officials, this particular coyote traveled 150 miles from the site it was captured, tagged and released,...