Applications accepted for elk tag drawing

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has begun accepting online applications to enter the public drawing for one of 40 elk hunting licenses (15 antlered and 25 antlerless) to be made available for this fall’s season, and 10 licenses (two either-sex, eight antlerless) for the September 2007 hunt.

The public drawing is scheduled for 5 p.m., Sept. 23 and will be conducted as part of the 2006 Elk Expo at the Elk County Fair Grounds in Kersey. The elk seasons are Nov. 6-11 and Sept. 17-22, 2007.

Applications can be made through the agency’s Web site at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

Agency updates plan for elk management

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced that it has finalized its updated elk management plan with goals and objectives to drive the program for the next 10 years.

The previous management plan was formulated in 1996.

Among the changes are renaming and expanding the elk range. The Elk Management Area, as it is now called, has been expanded from 835 to 3,750 square miles. The new boundary is Route 6 to the north, Route 287 to the east, Route 219 to the west and Interstate 80 and Route 220 to the south.

July 1 deadline set to enroll land in DMAP

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has set a July 1 deadline for landowners to submit applications to enroll in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), designed to help landowners manage deer on their properties.

DMAP applications may be obtained from the game commission’s Web site (www.pgc.state.pa.us) in the “Quick Clicks” box in the upper right-hand corner of the home page by clicking on “Deer Program” and then choosing “DMAP landowner applications” in the DMAP box. Applications also are available at game commission regional offices.

Fish commission creates award

Citing his unflagging efforts to ensure accessibility to the state’s waterways for all individuals interested in fishing and boating, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has named a new award in honor of departing Commissioner Paul J. Mahon.

The Paul J. Mahon Access For All Award, unveiled at the commission’s spring meeting on May 1, is intended to recognize Pennsylvania citizens or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to improving fishing and boating access for the disabled.

Mahon has championed access both as a private citizen and as a commissioner. He was instrumental in the construction of numerous accessible fishing platforms and boating facilities and has served on a committee with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Game commission officer shoots bear

CAMP HILL – After unsuccessful attempts to hit a bear in a tree with tranquilizer darts, a state game commission officer shot and killed the animal.

Noting that the tree was along a trail 100 yards from Hoover Elementary School, Camp Hill Police Chief Gregory Jan Ammons said, “Unfortunately, in the interest of public safety (he) had to kill the bear.”

Ammons said the bear was discovered by a man walking his dog. Police had received reports of a bear the previous day but hadn’t found it, Ammons said.

After attempts to tranquilize the bear failed, Wildlife Conservation Officer Eric Horsh killed it with two shotgun blasts.

Inflatable dam gets opposition

WILKES-BARRE – Opponents of a proposed inflatable dam in the Susquehanna River said it would concentrate polluted runoff from old mines and sewers, prevent fish from migrating and be dangerous to kayakers and canoeists.

Backers of the dam, which would create a 450-acre recreational lake extending 4.5 miles upstream from the dam site at Richards Island to Forty Fort, said it would encourage economic growth and recreation and provide incentives to clean up the river.

The dam would be inflated from May to October.

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