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Goose Zone) in an effort to increase harvest of this overabundant species. The conservation season allows for additional hunting methods of extended hours, electronic calls and electronic decoys. Although the conservation season harvest was down 34 percent from 2011, overall light goose harvest increased substantially because Pennsylvania’s regular season harvest was triple the LTA, and ranked first among AF states. In contrast to the effects of weather on harvest of other waterfowl species, the mild weather likely increased light goose harvest in Pennsylvania by inducing a higher than usual number of light geese to stage or winter in the state through the regular hunting season. We recorded observations of sandhill cranes, coots, snipe and other webless migratory game birds reported by the state’s birding network to track use of Pennsylvania wintering, migration stopover, and breeding locations by these species. We also worked to coordinate future sandhill crane monitoring efforts in the state. PGC staff continued efforts to monitor geographic distribution and numeric changes in important furbearer populations with the most intensive work focused on fisher, bobcat and river otter. Fisher populations continue to expand throughout the Commonwealth. We estimated that 1,632 fishers were captured and released by Pennsylvania trappers during 2011-12 season. There were 2,613 fisher permits sold and 138 harvest reports received by online reporting and phone reporting systems during Pennsylvania’s second regulated fisher harvest season. The fisher management plan is being implemented to achieve five goals related to population monitoring, habitat assessment, population enhancement, and development and implementation of a harvest management program. The 6-day fisher harvest season was expanded into two additional WMUs (2G & 4D) for the 2012 season. River otter populations have expanded throughout the Commonwealth, too. Numbers of incidental otter captures, primarily by beaver trappers, have increased during recent years. The majority of these captures occur in the Northeast Region, but recent reports indicate continued population expansion throughout the Susquehanna River drainage. Staff biologists have begun developing a river otter management plan to guide research and management efforts in the years ahead. During 2011, 13,134 bobcat permits were purchased by furtakers. Hunters and trappers reported 969 bobcat harvests from within all WMUs that were open to harvest. This harvest was 14.7 percent lower than the previous season, but the reduction in the harvest roughly was proportional to the reduction in the number of permits issued. The number of bobcat permits issued declined by 17.7 percent during 2011. Of the 969 harvested bobcats, 729 were trapped and 240 were taken by hunters. The number of bobcats harvested per 100 permit holders (7.38 bobcats per 100 permits issued) was STEVE SENN, Eagle, with his fur catch last season. Steve caught almost identical to last 36 raccoons, 10 red foxes and 2 beavers, all in Chester County. season.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013
Contents
PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
Late Season Grouse
Then and Now
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Late Season Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Then and Now
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Crossings
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