From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- The Pennsylvania Game Commission has finalized its plan for managing the state's whitetail population for the next decade and has put the 2009-2018 plan on the agency's website at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=576872&mode=2.
The agency's deer management goals include managing deer for a healthy and sustainable deer herd; managing deer-human conflicts at levels considered safe and acceptable to citizens; managing deer impacts for healthy and sustainable forest habitat; managing deer to provide recreational opportunities; and improving the public's knowledge and understanding of deer and the deer. Game Commission staff uses these guidelines when making deer management recommendations to the Board of Game Commissioners.
The agency's deer management goals were identified by public stakeholders and supported by citizens who attended public open houses. More than 200 public comments were received during the draft deer management plan's comment period earlier this year.
For more information about the agency's deer management program, visit the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on "White-Tailed Deer" in the row of photo buttons in the center of the homepage. This section of the website features the latest brochures on deer and deer management developed by the agency, all issues of the biologist-written Deer Chronicle, references that cover agency research, solutions to deer-human conflicts, hunting tips and general information, deer photos and the Ask The Deer Biologist section.