Pennsylvania Game News - May 2016 - 40

GET INVOLVED
To get involved, contact your legislator
in the U.S. House of Representatives and
the U.S. Senate and ask them to get behind
the initiative, which is hoped to be formally
introduced in coming weeks. Tell them funding for America's conservation of imperiled
wildlife is inadequate, and this initiative
would accomplish much good for nongame
wildlife. Remind them proactive wildlife
management ultimately saves taxpayer
dollars by ensuring species in trouble won't
become federally endangered species. To
get involved with the campaign for our hunting license-fee increase, simply call or write
your state House or Senate representative
and ask him or her to support finding a way
to get the Game Commission a fee-increase
to maintain and advance Pennsylvania's
proud conservation heritage.

is a simple, logical solution, and it is now
up to our leaders in Congress to move this
concept forward."
This emerging enterprise is attractive
immediately to the Pennsylvania Game
Commission, which increasingly is being
forced to pare from its wildlife-diversity
and other core programs to keep itself
solvent and capable of funding game
conservation, which, through the sale of
hunting licenses, has paid for the majority
of the Commonwealth's management of
all wildlife since 1913.
"If Pennsylvanians no longer hunted
and we couldn't sell hunting licenses,
wildlife would fall on incredibly hard
times," explained agency Executive Director R. Matthew Hough. "That's why
it's so critically important to establish
other revenue streams to support the 480
species for which we are responsible.
"The Game Commission cares about
all wildlife, but without sufficient funding, we're forced to make management
sacrifices that keep us up at night,"
Hough said. "We need funding like this
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and a license-fee increase to uphold our
legislative mandate to manage the Commonwealth's wild birds and mammals for
this and future generations."
The Game Commission has worked
diligently over the past year to increase
focus on the agency's need for a hunting
license-fee increase. Its last fee increase
occurred in 1999. That growing need has
led to deep cuts in the agency's seasonal
staff for nongame species, ranging from
bald eagles to northern flying squirrels,
and threatens successful implementation
of Pennsylvania's Wildlife Action Plan,
a blueprint for managing and protecting
imperiled species and their habitats.
The problems faced by America's fish
and wildlife resources continue to grow.
Some are the result of habitat losses, both
here and abroad. Others stem from pollution, nutrient-loading, viruses, fungi, invasive species and even human intrusions.
Now, more than ever, managers need to
keep a finger on the pulse of the thousands
of species for which they are responsible.
But with each passing year, the job
gets tougher.
Essential wildlife conservation has
been a national challenge for some time.
In less than a decade, the number of species petitioned for listing under the federal
Endangered Species Act has increased by
1,000 percent, according to AFWA. When
species become federally endangered,
taxpayers help foot the bill to reverse
their deteriorating populations. Additionally, more than 12,000 species have been
identified by states as species in greatest
conservation need.
That's why this new initiative is so
timely and unquestionably vital to all
wildlife species in decline. With legislative support, this initiative could fund
proactive management to keep wildlife
species from becoming uncommon, in



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