Deer

Hunting
2:28 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Threat of Chronic Wasting Disease Plagues Deer Hunting Season

As deer season approaches, hunters in Blair and Bedford counties will have to follow Pennsylvania Game Commission regulations intended to halt the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

There are currently three Disease Management Areas (DMAs) in Pennsylvania, two of which are on deer farms in Adams and Jefferson counties. The other, in Blair and Bedford counties, is the biggest concern for the commission because it is in the free-ranging population, said Jeannine Fleegle, wildlife biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:34 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Don't Feed the Deer! Here's Why...

A woman walking in Allegheny Cemetery stops to feed one of the many deer that can be found on the cemetery grounds.
Credit Heather McClain / WESA

While it might be tempting to feed the deer that may wander into your surroundings this fall, the Pennsylvania Game Commission advises against this. We’ll find out why from Dr. Justin Brown, a veterinarian with the state Game Commission.

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Deer Crashes
1:27 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Deer Crashes Expected to Increase in PA

Driving in Pittsburgh is notoriously difficult, and increased deer collisions are only going to make it more difficult for people to avoid crashes, especially as deer activity starts to rise during the fall.

Pennsylvania has climbed the chart for highest projected deer crashes, rising from number five, now to number two, according to the 2014 State Farm Deer Collision Report which predicts the number of crashes that will happen during the fall season.

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Science
3:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

How Researchers, Not Just Hunters, Are Tracking Deer This Season

Not only will hunters be tracking deer in Pennsylvania starting today, so too will researchers.

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.

Researchers can then learn more deer movements and behavior especially during hunting season.

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Community
3:40 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Bow Hunting To Be Allowed On Airport Land

Get your inner Katniss Everdeen ready.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority is opening up land for archery-only hunting in the coming months.  The pilot program will allow bow hunting in designated zones, but it will be limited to a certain number of hunters.

“There will be an online lottery in mid-to-late September,” said state Sen. Matt Smith. “People can go to the airport authority website right now, put their name in for the lottery and there will be 157 individuals selected.”

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