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A meeting was called in Harrisburg with the Game Commission’s Chief of Research, Harvey Roberts, and the Wycoff Run data was THE LOWER CANINE TEETH of bears were used to shared. Dr. Lindzey asdetermine age. From left to right: 1 year, 9 months; 2 years, serted that if our data 9 months; 3 years, 9 months; and in excess of 4 years old. was any indicator, the until the bear recovered and I watched entire state bear population might be in it move off under its own power. jeopardy. That meeting resulted in the first During the 1967 and 1968 bear sea- of two landmark decisions. Based on our sons, two bear check stations were es- data and the harvest of only 218 bears in tablished along Wycoff Run Road. All 1968, it was decided to reduce the 1969 bears harvested within the research season from six to two days. area passed through one of the check The second critical decision came in the stations. Information was collected on winter of 1970. The 1969 harvest was only the successful hunters, along with data 250, and the Commission decided that the on the harvested bears. bear season needed to be closed completely The hunting pressure on the first in 1970. The resolve to reduce and close day of the 1967 bear season was ex- those seasons was a turning point in bear treme. At mid-morning I drove the management in Pennsylvania. Hindsight five miles that separated the two check has proven the decision was correct, as the stations and counted 352 vehicles. Fig- bear population was in trouble in the late uring three hunters per vehicle, I esti- 1960s and intervention came just in time. mated there were more than one thouToday’s healthy, sustainable bear popusand hunters in the Wycoff Run Wa- lation is proof of the wisdom of the diffitershed that day. cult and unpopular decisions made 40 years Each year successful hunters were ago. In fact, today there are as many bears asked to donate the heads of their killed outside the bear season by automobears for aging. After processing that biles or for depredations than the state avwinter, the heads were returned to the eraged in legal kills between 1944 and hunters. At that time, the technique 1969. of using tooth enamel layering was in Unfortunately, I was unable to continue its infancy, and I needed the entire on with the bear project due to a stint in canine tooth from a bear to complete Vietnam. Other Penn State graduate stuthe process. When I finished aging the dents, including Gary Alt, took over the skulls of bears harvested at Wycoff project and guided it to the success it has Run, the data from 1968 was com- achieved. I am not and never have been pared to the 1967 age data. The re- an employee of the Game Commission, but port indicated that the bears harvested I have worked with Game Commission were less than four years old. There personnel and have seen the results of their were few older, breeding age animals dedication and commitment to serving the in the sample. Such a result, if it was hunting public and managing wildlife representative of what was happening populations in Pennsylvania. The success throughout the bear range, would of the black bear management program is mean that bears were being severely a fine example of modern wildlife manageover-harvested and that the popula- ment practiced by educated tion was on the verge of collapse. professionals. 34 GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 41
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
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