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Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse, is facing tough times due to mortality caused by West Nile virus. Like a variety of other wildlife species, grouse depend on young forest – about 800,000 acres of which has been lost statewide since the 1980s. But agencies like the Game Commission and DCNR are working where they can to restore young-forest habitat.

Agencies partner in support of troubled game bird

HARRISBURG — A state-agency partnership is creating more habitat for two troubled game birds and other wildlife species that rely on young forest. Since 2011, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have teamed to restore thousands of ...

FILE - In this July 25, 2014, file photo, a black bear is seen at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine. Nuisance bear complaints are an annual rite of spring in Maine, and state officials said they have begun this year. Bears emerge from hibernation hungry and many of the natural foods they eat in the wild, such as fruits and nuts, are not yet available. This sometimes causes them to seek human food from garbage cans and back porches.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

With bears on the rise, states hope to limit conflicts

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Northern New England’s growing black bear population has awoken, and it’s coming for your garbage. A year after a spring and summer marked by a high number of nuisance bear complaints, wildlife officials are encouraging people and bears to try to keep their distance ...

Bass season kicks off Saturday

HARRISBURG — With the warmer weather and longer days of summer moving in, anglers are geared up for the start of bass season, which kicks off on Saturday across the Commonwealth. The black bass is one of the most popular sportfish targeted by Pennsylvania anglers, second only to trout, ...

Licenses go on sale Monday

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania hunters and trappers need to be aware of some important changes implemented since last year when hunting licenses for 2017-18 go on sale Monday. The licenses become valid July 1 and, after that date, all who hunt, trap or who want to apply for an antlerless deer ...

Hunters must heed the common thread of sport

Hey, you — yes, you, reading this right now. I have a question for you: What do you think is wrong with hunting today? Although I would love to hear your answer, don’t overthink it, and don’t waste too much time on it, because I am about to tell you the answer. Unfortunately, it’s an ...

Big-game hunter documents adventures

SOLGOHACHIA, Ark. (AP) — Charles H. Eddy knew when he was hiking in Canada or Alaska in search of Dall sheep that he might not remember all his adventures, so he wrote them down. Now the almost 87-year-old former circuit judge is sharing his escapades in a free, self-published book: Dreams ...

‘Trophy’ mount from illegally killed elk finds new home

HARRISBURG — After touring the country as part of a traveling display, the mount made from a giant, illegally killed Pennsylvania bull elk has come home to Clearfield County. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation presented the mount of the ...

Parents enjoy taking kids on camping, hiking trips

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Some moms worry about daycare, others about eating schedules. I spent the first eight months of my daughter’s life obsessing about how to sleep in a tent with an infant without smothering her. It’s trickier than it sounds. And from my informally poll of nearly every ...

School archery programs are successful

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Much has been written about the National Archery in the Schools program in Oklahoma the past decade, but more proof of its success comes from the recent Red River Shoot Out in Sherman, Texas. Two Oklahoma schools — Houchin Elementary in Moore and Chandler High School ...

Deputy doubles as gator hunter on ‘Swamp People’

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — Ron Methvin grew up spending a lot of time outdoors, either in the woods or on the water, and he and his family still hunt and fish every chance they get. So when the crew of the HISTORY series “Swamp People” came looking for a partner for Ponchatoula native Bruce ...