Pennsylvania Game Commission http://wesa.fm en Corbett, Lawmakers Slam PA Hunting Agency http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-lawmakers-slam-pa-hunting-agency <p>Gov. Tom Corbett and several high-ranking state lawmakers are demanding that members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission make changes or resign.<br /><br />The letter they sent Tuesday to Pennsylvania Game Commission President Bob Schlemmer says the agency should rescind an agreement to pay $220,000 to its former executive director, Carl Roe.<br /><br />It also says William Capouillez shouldn't be named to succeed Roe.<br /> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:56:05 +0000 The Associated Press 26068 at http://wesa.fm How Researchers, Not Just Hunters, Are Tracking Deer This Season http://wesa.fm/post/how-researchers-not-just-hunters-are-tracking-deer-season <p>Not only will hunters be tracking deer in Pennsylvania starting today, so too will researchers.</p><p>As part of the Deer Forest Study, conducted by the Game Commission with the help of Penn State researchers, 30 deer are wearing GPS radio collars that are controlled using text messages and instantly record the location of the deer.</p><p>Researchers can then learn more deer movements and behavior especially during hunting season.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 20502 at http://wesa.fm PA Bat Population Continues To Fall http://wesa.fm/post/pa-bat-population-continues-fall <p>The cave-dwelling bat population in Pennsylvania is continuing its free-fall, according to the state Game Commission, which trapped only 10 bats at Long Run Mine earlier this month as part of a population study.</p><p>The survey assessed 10 caves across the state and the low returns lead endangered mammal specialists like Greg Turner to believe 98 percent of all cave bats are dead.</p><p>Long Run Mine, which runs along of the border of Butler and Armstrong counties, was once the largest bat cave in the state. But Turner said that’s not the case anymore.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:23:11 +0000 Michael Lynch 18848 at http://wesa.fm PA Bat Population Continues To Fall White Nose Syndrome Threatens Bat Populations in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/white-nose-syndrome-threatens-bat-populations-pennsylvania <p>Not even Batman can save his fellow bat friends from a deadly disease that has been threatening the bat population across Pennsylvania.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?mode=2&amp;objID=615025&amp;open=514">White-Nose Syndrome</a>&nbsp;(WNS) is a disease caused by a fungus that, when introduced into underground workings such as caves and mines, begins to eat away at live skins cells of hibernating bats.&nbsp;</p><p>This originally European <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/hunting-fishing/white-nose-syndrome-now-threatening-pennsylvania-bats-327534/">fungus is cold loving, </a>meaning it prefers very cold, damp underground environments, precisely where non-migratory bats tend to flock for hibernation. When bats hibernate, however, their immune systems completely shut down creating what Endangered Mammal Specialist <strong>Greg Turner</strong> calls “the perfect storm.”</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:17:12 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12868 at http://wesa.fm White Nose Syndrome Threatens Bat Populations in Pennsylvania Law Saves Boar Hunts, Knocks Back State Agency http://wesa.fm/post/law-saves-boar-hunts-knocks-back-state-agency <p>So-called "canned hunts" of wild hogs aren't coming to an end in Pennsylvania, due to a new state law signed by the governor last month.<br><br>You might say state lawmakers came to the rescue of the roughly 20 wild boar hunting preserves in Pennsylvania — they passed a law taking away the state Game Commission's regulatory authority over the animals.<br><br>The agency had been trying to establish a statewide prohibition of feral swine, which have been known to rip up wild habitats and farmland and have been difficult to eradicate after they escape fenced-in preserves.<br> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:28:41 +0000 Mary Wilson 12841 at http://wesa.fm Population of Bald Eagles in PA Grows http://wesa.fm/post/population-bald-eagles-pa-grows <p>While Pennsylvanians celebrate the Fourth of July this week, they might also want to celebrate the growing population of America’s national symbol — the bald eagle.</p><p>According to the Game Commission, there are currently 252 bald eagle nests in the state, 46 more than last year.</p><p>“I think it says a lot about the state’s efforts not only to see the number of bald eagles increase as it has, but also to see that population spread out into new areas and follow those watercourses they traditionally inhabited,” said commission spokesman Travis Lau.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 12519 at http://wesa.fm Game Commission to Track Newly Hatched Peregrine Falcons in Harrisburg http://wesa.fm/post/game-commission-track-newly-hatched-peregrine-falcons-harrisburg <p>The Pennsylvania Game Commission Tuesday affixed special tracking bands to the legs of peregrine falcons that have hatched atop a state office building in Harrisburg.<br><br>The agency has been monitoring the offspring of falcons nesting on the building ledge since 2000 as part of an effort to help the recovery of a bird that is on the state’s endangered species list.<br><br>Game Commission biologist Art McMorris said the falcon population may improve enough to come off that list in the next decade.<br> Tue, 21 May 2013 23:21:29 +0000 Mary Wilson 9971 at http://wesa.fm White-Nose Syndrome Wiping Out PA's Bat Population http://wesa.fm/post/white-nose-syndrome-wiping-out-pas-bat-population <p>Since February 2006 when it was first discovered, White-Nose Syndrome has caused the deaths of 5.7 million to 6.7 million North American bats, many of those in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Greg Turner is a wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Diversity Section of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.&nbsp;He counts and identifies hibernating bats and conducts migratory telemetry on our federally endangered Indiana bats.</p><p>When searching the abandoned Durham Mine in Bucks County, he found just 23 were alive and over 10,000 bats were dead.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 7378 at http://wesa.fm Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Wild PA Deer, Game Commission Unsure of Response http://wesa.fm/post/chronic-wasting-disease-found-wild-pa-deer-game-commission-unsure-response <div class="field-item even"><p>The state Game Commission is still working to determine how it will respond to an apparent outbreak of chronic wasting disease among Pennsylvania’s wild deer&nbsp;population.</p><p>The brain illness, fatal to deer but not harmful to humans, has been detected in the wild in Pennsylvania. It’s the first time the disease has been found in the commonwealth’s wild deer population in 15 years of&nbsp;testing.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 2149 at http://wesa.fm