Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
converted into a
new reservoir immediately provided
increased recreational opportunities for people,
it did impact local wildlife. Inundated were thousands of acres of
NORTHERN SHOVELERS and other waterfowl have always
that was used by found sanctuary across the Pymatuning-Conneaut region.
both migrant and “It’s all one big swamp to waterfowl,” noted local LMO
indigenous wildlife. Jerry Bish.
The new reservoir
changed the area’s landscape recover from decades of overharvest in
and consequently its ecology, states that failed to enact more conserwhich meant there would be win- vative waterfowl hunting regulations.
ners and losers in Pymatuning’s Then their nesting habitat dried up.
wildlife community. Some were The Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp
displaced temporarily. Some per- became law a short time after the lower
manently. Others — particularly reservoir gate was closed at Pymatunwaterfowl — found sanctuary on ing. The Duck Stamp, coupled with
the big water. The vacated proper- the arrival of Pymatuning, were an
ties along the reservoir’s shoreline immediate shot in the arm for Atlantic
also were attractive to wildlife.
Next month, the Pennsylvania Game
But Pymatuning was always
about waterfowl, which was in Commission arrives on the Pymatuningneed of all the help it could get in Conneaut Marsh scene. What starts as a
the Dirty Thirties, the Dust Bowl foothold in the area would become the glue
years. Wild ducks and geese were that keeps this massive wetland complex
undergoing hard times, trying to intact into the twenty-first century.
Cover Painting by Doug Pifer
THE RED FOX female produces from four to seven pups in the
early spring, which remain in the den for nearly a month. They are
weaned after two or three months, but remain with the parents
until the fall. Unlike its cousin the gray fox, the red doesn’t prefer dense, unbroken forest, and unlike the gray fox, it can’t climb