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Artificial feeding kills four elk FOUR ELK are known to have died of rumen acidosis, which is directly related to artificial feeding. “So far we have documented four cases,” said Dr. Walter Cottrell, Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. “There have been other deaths that we believe were also caused by artificial feeding, but in those cases the animal was either decomposed or we were unable to obtain the carcass in time for laboratory analysis.” Dr. Cottrell explained that elk, like white-tailed deer, adapt to a winter diet of primarily woody vegetation and they will die of acidosis caused by a build up of lactic acid in the rumen, the chamber of its 4-part stomach that is responsible for fermentation of food. If they consume too much high-fermentable grain, such as corn — the most common artificial feed put out — the pH level falls quickly and a shocklike syndrome can occur. Several people have been cited for illegal feeding. In one case, an elk was actually found lying dead on a pile of corn. In another case, a resident dragged the carcass of a dead elk into the woods to conceal it. “We need to have residents and district justices understand that wellintentioned individuals are actually killing elk,” Dr. Cottrell said. “For those who truly enjoy seeing elk, it is best for them to stop artificially feeding elk and other wildlife. It’s far more beneficial to implement some form of habitat improvement that produces cover to reduce weather-related stress or food in the form of digestible native plants.” For more information on the problems associated with feeding deer and elk, visit the Game Commission’s website, click on “Wildlife,” scroll down and choose “Please, Don’t Feed the Deer.” Litter causing risks to wildlife EARLIER this year, a young deer in Cumberland County was found dead with a clear, plastic jug over its head. The individual who found the dead deer noted that it appeared that the animal had suffered from dehydration and malnutrition, but was able to breathe. “No one was able to capture the deer or get close enough to it to help it, as it was able to see through the plastic jug and would run off whenever it was approached,” the resident told agency officials. “However, I found the deer after it had died from a lack of food and water.” It appeared that the young deer had put its head in the jar but then got it stuck. NOVEMBER 2009 In late July, a black bear in Wayne County also got its head stuck in a jug. “The bear was first seen around Camp Wayne for Girls in Preston Park on July 25,” said WCO Jim McCarthy. “Many people thought it would just free itself, but they saw it again on July 27, still with the jug. I received a call for help that day from staff at the camp. “When I arrived at the camp, I was taken to the dumpsters where the bear reportedly was still coming in to, even though it couldn’t eat,” WCO McCarthy said. “I set the trap next to a dumpster and returned the following morning at 5 a.m. to sit and wait with a dart gun in case the bear came back to the dumpster area but did not go into the trap.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Ghost of the Orchard
Deer Wrestlers
Hunting with Hounds
A Just Reward
Mixed Bag
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Ranger and the Grouse
The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Squirrels The Hard Way
National Police Shooting Championship
On the Road Again
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ghost of the Orchard
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Deer Wrestlers
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Hunting with Hounds
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - A Just Reward
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Mixed Bag
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cheaper by the Dozen
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ranger and the Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Squirrels The Hard Way
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - National Police Shooting Championship
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - On the Road Again
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Crossings
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