Auditors taking closer look at Pennsylvania Game Commission

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 20, 2018 3:20 PM

Pennsylvania Game Commission Officer Terry Beer, right, checks the hunting licenses of Dante Bauccio, center, and Aaron Rech during the first day of Pennsylvania's white-tailed deer hunting season Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, on the state game lands in Butler, Pa. Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania hunters will tramp into the woods this week for the first day of the state's major deer hunting season. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Harrisburg) -- The agency that oversees hunting in Pennsylvania is getting a closer look from the state auditor general's office.

Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Tuesday announced his office will be conducting the Game Commission's first performance audit in nearly a decade.

The review includes revenue sources, how the commission is spending money and whether it's following applicable laws and regulations.

DePasquale says the audit will also delve into how the whitetail deer population is being managed and efforts to preserve and expand ruffed grouse habitat.

The study is expected to be completed by the end of this year, but there's not a firm deadline.

The Game Commission has about 700 full-time employees and issues about 900,000 hunting licenses annually.

It owns about 1.5 million acres of gamelands in 65 counties.

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