Sow and three cubs found in West Wyoming borough
The Northeast Region Office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking information on a sow bear and three cubs that were found dead along the edge of a church parking lot on west Eighth Street in West Wyoming borough.
Wildlife conservation officers responded to a report of dead bears near St. Monica’s Church around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and discovered a nearly 300 pound female bear and three cubs within close proximity to one another. The bears showed no signs of bullet wounds or external trauma.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 8) – Following nearly a decade of poor recruitment due to disease affecting young-of-the-year, the smallmouth bass populations in the Susquehanna and lower Juniata rivers are showing signs of improvement, according to information released today by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
Surveys conducted from 2013-2016 reveal increasing numbers of adult smallmouth bass compared to severely reduced numbers collected from 2005-2012. Decreased prevalence of disease in young-of-the-year smallmouth bass, along with the implementation of mandatory catch-and-release regulations enacted in 2011, have resulted in better recruitment of young bass to the adult populations.
A Three Springs, Pa. man has been arrested, in a November incident where a Pennsylvania Game Commission patrol vehicle was struck as the officer tried to perform a vehicle stop for suspicion of poaching activity.
Wildlife Conservation Officers from the Game Commission’s Southcentral Region this morning arrested Rusty Stephen Garlock, 25, of Three Springs.
Garlock has been identified as the driver of the pickup that drove at and struck the vehicle driven WCO Rick Macklem II on Nov. 11 in the area of Mathews Bridge Road in Springfield Township, Huntingdon County.
Log in on Dec. 8 to learn how you can participate in this year’s Christmas Bird Count.
Whether you are a beginning birdwatcher or an expert, you can be part of the nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project. The event relies on volunteers to conduct bird counts between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. Learn everything you need to know from Game Commission biologist Doug Gross in this short PowerPoint presentation, followed by a short question-and- answer period. If you don’t have speakers on the device with which you’ll be connecting, you can dial in by phone. Those listening by phone might receive long-distance charges from service provider. After registering, a confirmation email will be sent. Register at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4326298258495478274?source=News+Release
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Statewide season sees harvest of 2,579 bears.
Hunters during the final day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season Nov. 23 brought in 271 bears, raising the 2016 statewide season harvest to 2,579 – a decrease compared to the 2,693 bears taken during the four days of the statewide season in 2015.
A final tally of the total bear harvest, which will include all bears harvested during the 2016 archery bear season and the extended bear seasons, will be released at a later date, after all bear seasons for the 2016-17 license year are completed.
Last year, more than 1,000 bears were harvested outside of the four-day statewide bear season.
Bears were harvested in 53 counties during the statewide season in 2016.
In many parts of Pennsylvania, black bears may be hunted and harvested by properly licensed hunters during all or a portion of the firearms deer season.
But areas that last year were open to concurrent deer and bear hunting might not be open again this year, and areas that last year had no extended bear season within the firearms deer season this year might have one.
All extended bear seasons can easily be found in the 2016-17 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is available online and usually is issued to hunters at the time they buy their licenses. If using a paper copy of the digest, be sure it is current for the existing 2016-17 license year.
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