Tag: Pennsylvania Game Commission

Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officers

What is the difference between a deputy wildlife conservation (DWCO) officer and a wildlife conservation officer (WCO)? A deputy wildlife conservation officer volunteers to aid officers and the public with wildlife law enforcement concerns and interests, whereas a wildlife conservation officer is a full-time law enforcement employee of…

DMA 2 Permits

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is enlisting assistance from hunters in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. The Game Commission has developed a permit that can be used to hunt antlerless deer, but can be used only within the boundaries of what…

Strike Up the Band(s)

This is the time of year when Pennsylvania Game Commission employees and volunteers go out in search of a common black, white and gray bird to place a small metal band on its leg. Can you guess the name of the bird? This large…

Why is that state game land on fire?

In most cases, smoke rising from a Pennsylvania state game land is not reason for alarm. Pennsylvania Game Commission staff conducts prescribed burns on many game lands during the spring. Why would the Game Commission purposefully set fire to land? Controlled burns are used…

Pennsylvania Bluebird Basics

Why did the bluebird population decrease? The introduction of non-native species such as English sparrows and European starlings has influenced bluebird populations in Pennsylvania. The European transplants began to dominate the nesting cavities bluebirds preferred. DDT and other harmful pesticides hampered reproduction until they…

Hunter & Trapper Scrapbook

We would like to congratulate the successful Pennsylvania hunters and trappers of 2013-14! If you’d like see some Pennsylvania trophies visit our 2013-14 Hunter & Trapper Scrapbook! http://bit.ly/Qt29n6

Snowshoe Hare Research

This handsome hare was captured Thursday in a recently started two-year study by the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State. In the study, researcher Laura Gigliotti is working with Dr. Duane Diefenbach on a master’s project looking at snowshoe hare…

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Our mission at the Pennsylvania Game Commission is to manage wildlife and its habitat for current and future generations. Through this blog we will connect you with the wildlife of Pennsylvania by posting reports from the field. Check back for stories from biologists, wildlife…