In early 1994, Pennsylvania's Wildlife and Waterways Conservation Officers formed and incorporated the Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association (COPA). COPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-deductible organization under the Internal Revenue Code. COPA is also registered with the Pennsylvania's Bureau of Charitable Organizations.
Pennsylvania has gained 25 new Wildlife Conservation Officers.
Following 51 weeks of intensive training, the 30th Class of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation graduated Saturday during a ceremony at Susquehanna Township Middle School.
The graduates were commissioned as officers, and have been assigned to their new districts.
The protection and management of our native reptiles and amphibians is the responsibility of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). It is because of this that a timber rattlesnake population study and den assessment inventory was begun in 2003.
As an officer, and team member, I have had the opportunity to participate in countless assessments, and details, across the commonwealth.
After ten years and two districts, in 2005, I was able to transfer to my home county of Venango; where for the first 24 years of my life, which included thousands of hours in the woods, I never knowingly came across any of these creatures. However, Venango is one of a handful of Pennsylvania counties which supports all three species of native venomous snakes (eastern timber rattlesnake, eastern massasauga, and northern copperhead).
The Pennsylvania Game Commission wants to remind people living in and visiting the elk range that feeding elk is illegal.
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Officers encounter individuals illegally feeding elk. In most cases, they believe feeding the elk will help them, and don’t realize their actions could harm the elk or even kill them.
Artificial feeding of elk can lead to rumen acidosis, which is a known source of mortality in wild elk.
Hunters are known for putting on drives.
And drivers now can make known the pride they take in being Pennsylvania hunters.
Pennsylvania’s new Hunting Heritage license plate – an official plate issued by the state Department of Transportation – is available to order from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.