The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today took a formal positions on proposed state legislation.
The board adopted a resolution supporting legislation that provides wildlife conservation officers the option of early retirement if certain criteria are met.
The subject of early retirement for WCOs is contained in legislation that’s soon to be introduced. As it is now, all other state law-enforcement officers, including waterways conservation officers working for the state Fish and Boat Commission, are given the option to retire after 20 years if they meet certain age requirements. WCOs must have 35 years of service, or turn 60, before retiring. The legislation, if approved, would provide equal treatment to all state law-enforcement officers.
“We believe that our conservation officers deserve the same benefits,” the board resolved.
Those who kill golden and bald eagles could face stiffer penalties under Pennsylvania law.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to a measure that would increase to $2,500 the replacement cost for killing bald eagles or golden eagles.
The bald eagle had been classified as a state-threatened species until early 2014 when, it was removed from the threatened list because its recovery met objectives outlined in the state’s bald-eagle management plan.
While golden and bald eagles both remain protected by federal and state law, the fact that neither bird was classified as threatened meant that killing a golden or bald eagle resulted at the state level in $200 in replacement cost. Replacement costs are restitution for unlawfully killed wildlife and typically are paid in addition to fines.
Commissioners said the $2,500 replacement cost emphasizes that although golden and bald eagles are recovered in Pennsylvania, they still require further protection.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 25) – Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots over the July 4 holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
Independence Day - Saturday, July 4 – marks the second of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. All other fishing regulations apply.
“Fish-for-Free days are one of the ways that we can introduce friends and families to the sport of fishing,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Lakes and state parks are always popular spots during the summer and particularly on holidays. This is a convenient way for visitors to try fishing for free.”
Information on Game Commission shooting ranges can be found here: http://t.co/0aICNfbXEm— PA Game Commission (@PAGameComm) March 31, 2015