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Is PA's deer management plan working and why you should care

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 22, 2011 9:18 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, November 23:

For thousands of Pennsylvanians, there is no bigger issue in the state than the number of deer roaming Penns Woods.  For non-hunters or those who live outside areas where deer hunting is king, that may be hard to believe.

The former head of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Section once said that the deer population affected every man, woman, and child in the state.  That came at a time only a few years ago when the large deer herd was destroying forests, exacting large amounts of damage farmers' crops and resulting in some 40,000 vehicle-deer collisions a year.

A decade and many angry complaints later, there are some hunters who claim their favorite pasttime has been stolen away from them -- that the Game Commission's science has killed off too many deer.  They often cite numbers that show the number of hunting licenses sold is in decline and say part of the reason is hunters are frustrated and have given up.  Much of their evidence is anecdotal -- they don't see near as many deer in the woods as they used to.  The Game Commission says that true but that the deer population is more in line with what the habitat can sustain.

On Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Carl Roe, will discuss deer management and a few other issues.


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