4/7/2014 - Just a fiendly reminder that due to Easter the monthly meeting for April has been cancelled..Don't forget the spring raffle tickets,please get them returned as soon as possible. More news coming soon!
Game, Fish Issues Take Center Stage
Several issues surrounding the management of the state’s wildlife took center stage in Harrisburg last week. The House Game and Fisheries Committee heard testimony about deer management and a half-dozen bills related to deer management and hunting policies. Among the concerns raised were the soundness of science used to manage the state’s deer population and harvest reporting.
A feasibility study found that a merger of the Game Commission and Fish and Boat Commission is feasible and would save the Commonwealth about $5 million annually, primarily through elimination of redundant upper level positions and duplication of services.
Two new laws are changing the terms of service for board members of each commission from eight years to four. The intent of the new laws is to ensure greater accountability.
Black Bear Study
Last week, I was invited to go along on a Game Commission wildlife conservation study of black bears in Westmoreland County. While commission biologists did their work, we helped keep the bear cubs warm. Pictured with me are (from left) Robert Schlemmer of Export, Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners president; and Timothy Layton, Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners member.