Pennsylvania Game News - February 2012 - 47
Boone & Crockett Club There are five new world records listed in the updated 14th Edition of Records of North American Big Game — the official all-time records book for outstanding native North American big game trophies. New world’s record entries were recorded for grizzly bear, non-typical American elk, tule elk, mountain caribou and musk ox (tie). There are listings of nearly 28,000 North American big game trophies in 38 categories in the 14th Edition — an increase of nearly 6,000 trophies from the previous edition. Hunting License Sales Increase New Hampshire The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hunters took 9,759 deer during the 2010 reported a total of 14,974,534 paid season, which is a six percent decrease from hunting license holders for 2009, the 10,384 in 2009. an increase of 526,494 over 2008. The 3.6 percent rise represents the New Jersey largest single year increase since Hunters took 592 bears during the 1974. 6-day season in 2010. Wildlife Smuggling Authorities at Bangkok’s international airport arrested a first-class passenger whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged and were headed for Dubai. In Thailand, leopards and panthers fetch roughly $5,000 a piece on the black market, but their value in Dubai is presumably higher. It was unknown if the animals were destined to be resold or kept as exotic pets, a practice popular in the Middle East. Pennsylvania Hawk Mountain recorded 20,525 migrating raptors in 124 days and 1,103 hours of coverage from July 30, 2010 to January 2, 2011. The official season count (Aug. 15-Dec. 15, 2010) of 20,496 raptors was 12 percent above the 10-year average, and 10 of the 16 regular migrants showed above-average counts. The 406 bald eagles was way over the previous season record 245, and nearly half were immature birds. CWD A laboratory study has found that an enzyme in lichens on Wisconsin’s landscape break down the infectious proteins that are responsible for causing chronic wasting disease, the devastating neurological disorder that was discovered in Wisconsin’s wild deer population in 2002. Prions are an infectious agent responsible for causing CWD. They are notoriously difficult to destroy.
North Dakota Hunters took approximately 67,000 deer during the 2010 firearms season. Overall hunter success was 64 percent. Kansas Ten deer taken by hunters during the 2010 season in the northwestern part of the state tested positive for CWD.