Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22

THIS OUTFLOW was the most
successful spot to trap otters during
the transfer program. Any pipe with
flowing water through it, a beaver will
use. An otter, however, will climb out
and go alongside it.

ers. Learning about one, you gain
insight into the other.
Beavers are known to create
habitat for so many species. On
SGL 57, there are several large
10-acre ponds that are ideal beaver
and otter territory.
We stop at a large pond’s outlet
and Barry uses his hooked stick to
pull up debris clogging the outflow
pipe. There are chew marks covering nearly every stick — leftovers
from beaver meals. This pipe must
be cleaned out every week by the
Food and Cover Corps crew, that’s
how active the beavers are in this
area. This outflow was the most
successful spot to trap the otters
during the transfer program. Any
pipe with flowing water through
it, a beaver will use. An otter,
however, will climb out and go
alongside it, so setting a trap here
would be highly successful.
“It was quite a rodeo when
we caught a live otter in a net,”
Warner said. “They behave like
Tasmanian devils. A little ‘happy
juice’ must be administered to calm
them down so they may be safely
handled for processing.”
Warner takes me walking across
the top of a beaver dam, a first for
me. We point our feet sideways as
we walk, like ducks, to get more
surface area beneath us, balancing on the chewed off sticks. The
water is a rich dark brown, full of
tannic acid. The beaver dam was
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built over top of a low flood control
dam that the Game Commission put in
years ago to create habitat; looks like it
is doing its job. We follow the curved
dam break over to the beaver’s lodge.
In a recent phone interview, Hardisky recommended that trappers set the
position of the trigger release to the
side on body-gripping traps so otters
can swim right through and smaller
beavers will not be caught. The adult
will, however.
If a trapper accidently snags an otter
in a beaver trap, they have to hand it
over to the Game Commissions. Staff
will glean what biological data it can,
especially from the females and then
the mistake kills are sold to individuals or taxidermists for mounting, or
donated to schools for educational
purposes. Hardisky said they get about
10-20 accidental catches a year in
northeastern Pennsylvania.
A new, more accurate system of
counting otters will be introduced this
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Contents
Another Doorstep
Whitetail Predation
Pymatuning and Conneaut
Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
From the Field
Field Notes
Conservation News
Making a Difference
What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another Doorstep
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pymatuning and Conneaut
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - From the Field
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 32
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Making a Difference
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Crossings
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