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Latest Pennsylvania Game Commission Stories

2013-05-17 16:22:04

Jeremy Banfield previously worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. HARRISBURG, Pa., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission has hired a new wildlife biologist to serve as its elk project leader. Jeremy Banfield began his work for the commission this week. A native of the Rochester, N.Y.-area, Banfield comes to the Game Commission after working most recently as a wildlife biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Banfield received...

2013-05-10 16:20:40

Pennsylvania Game Commission asks citizens to report sightings of affected animals HARRISBURG, Pa., May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The fuel tanker explosion that has closed a stretch of Interstate 81 near Harrisburg also caused about 2,000 gallons of spilled diesel fuel to flow into a nearby wetlands, prompting a rapid response to contain and clean up the spill, and rescue affected wildlife. Efforts continue today at Wildwood Lake Sanctuary, which lies just northwest of the...

2013-05-08 12:27:05

No hunting-related firearms fatalities in Pennsylvania in 2012. HARRISBURG, Pa., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hunting is safe and getting safer. That's the conclusion of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's newly released report on hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) in 2012. For the first time since the commission began tracking such incidents in 1915, a year came and went without a single human fatality related to gun handling in hunting and trapping. There were 33...

2013-05-08 08:28:55

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania turkey hunters are permitted to hunt from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, beginning Monday, May 13. The expanded hunting hours continue through the last day of the season, Friday, May 31. All-day hunting during the second half of the spring season began in 2011 to provide interested hunters with more time to be afield. "By the second half of the season, hunter participation decreases...

2013-05-01 16:24:43

Burns to preserve unique barrens habitat STATE COLLEGE, Pa., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission tomorrow plans to resume controlled burns on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton, Ferguson and Halfmoon townships, Centre County, to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem. Depending on conditions, the Game Commission plans to burn one to two units totaling 136 acres. The purpose is to restore the pitch pine/scrub oak...

2013-05-01 12:29:10

DMAs now in parts of six counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon and York HARRISBURG, Pa., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission has established the state's second Disease Management Area in parts of four counties in response to three hunter-killed deer that tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. Through an executive order, PGC Executive Director Carl G. Roe has created the state's second Disease Management Area (DMA) in parts...

2013-04-30 12:22:17

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking public input on its draft peregrine falcon management plan, which can be reviewed on the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on the "Peregrine Falcon Management Plan" icon on the homepage. Public comments on the peregrine management plan will be accepted until May 29 through the website; an email address - peregrinecomments@pa.gov; or by U.S. Mail to: Peregrine Falcon...

2013-04-16 08:23:24

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Game Commissioners on Monday added seven square miles to its state game lands. One land purchase, in the heart of the Poconos, was the agency's largest land acquisition in Luzerne County in more than 50 years. The Game Commission recently approved an agreement with PPL Electric Utilities Corp. to provide right-of-way licenses to construct electric transmission facilities across six state game lands - SGLs 38, 91, 135,...

2013-03-01 12:25:37

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission today confirmed three hunter-killed deer taken in the 2012 general firearms deer season have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two were from Blair County; the other was from Bedford County. "These are the first positive cases of CWD in free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania," confirmed Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. "The disease was first documented in early...

2013-02-22 12:24:36

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced the agency again will be helping Commonwealth school students learn about the vital role of trees in the environment through its "Seedlings for Schools" program, through which students plant a variety of tree seedlings at home, on school grounds or in their communities. "Seedlings for Schools has become a great way to get Pennsylvania's youth interested or...