Game Commission Asks Hunters for Help With Survey

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Oct 28, 2013 4:00 AM

The state Game Commission is trying to get more information about the commonwealth's deer population.

Hunters and state officials have clashed about deer management plans in the past, with some complaining the state has gone too far in controlling the herd. 

But now, the agency wants hunters to submit their observations in three state forests - Bald Eagle, Rothrock, and Susquehanna.

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Commission spokesman Travis Lau says the survey will be used to determine whether deer are eating too much vegetation before it can grow back.

"Deer are a major consumer of forest plants. They eat a lot of leaves and twigs from growing trees, but also a lot of new growth. And because they eat so many new trees, they can in turn affect their own habitat."

The Game Commission is asking hunters to first register if they use those state forests, then fill out the survey with what they've seen after the hunting season.

"The deer forest study that we have started looks to find out as much as we can about the relationships of deer and the forests in which they live in, and also how hunters come into the picture."

In the past 15 years, the state has worked to reduce the deer population, after large herds destroyed farmer's crops and caused thousands of car accidents.

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