Return Abundant Wildlife to Pennsylvania

John  Eveland
John Eveland 267 Comments
1,276 Signatures Goal: 1,000

Today, closed tree-tops in Pennsylvania’s old and agingforests are blocking sunlight fromreaching the forest floor -- preventing the regeneration of plant-life as food and cover for wildlife. As a result, many wildlife populations are rapidly declining.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has failed to address this serious problem, and, instead, mistakenly blamed white-tailed deer (our State Mammal) for deteriorating habitat. Over a 5-year period, the Game Commission directed the slaughter of 2,500,000 deer – mostly pregnant does and fawns.

In so doing, they turned a problem into a crisis. Not only have they collapsed the deer herd in many regions of the state, but they still fail to address aging forests, deteriorating habitat, and declining wildlife populations. Legislative studies have determined that these failed policies have cost thousands of family businesses, rural communities, and the Commonwealth’s economy over $7 billion, which is increasing at the rate of $501.6 million each year. The state is also losing $40 million in annual tax revenue.

To resolve the crisis, the Pennsylvania Legislature, sportsmen and conservation organizations, independent scientists, and concerned citizens have joined in creating House Bill 1483. HB 1483 is designed to correct Game Commission policies, to create critically needed early successional wildlife habitat over the 6,000-square-mile system of Pennsylvania’s public forestlands, and return abundant wildlife to Penn’s Woods.

From deer, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, snowshoe hares, and our magnificent elk herd, to songbirds, bats, and at-risk pollinators such as honeybees and Monarch butterflies, Pennsylvania wildlife will again flourish and our forests will return to their former reputation as one-of-the-world’s healthiest and most productive hardwood forest ecosystems.

Please join with us in becoming a Friend of Pennsylvania Wildlife by adding your name to this petition supporting House Bill 1483.

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  • Michael Murphy
    Michael Murphy United States, Bryn Mawr
    Oct 18, 2017
    Oct 18, 2017
    We need to pass this legislation in order to get the PAGC working for hunters again
  • Robert Tucker
    Robert Tucker United States, Blandon
    Oct 18, 2017
    Oct 18, 2017
    Farmers in bib overalls would do a much better job as Game Commissioners instead of college educated know-it-alls who know nothing about nature and wildlife.
  • Rusty Goeller
    Rusty Goeller United States, Gibsonia
    Oct 18, 2017
    Oct 18, 2017
    Its going to be a sad future for young hunters if we do not act now hunting will never be the same!! God help us!
  • William Bennett
    William Bennett United States, Denver
    Oct 17, 2017
    Oct 17, 2017
    I agree with the House Bill #1483. Its time to bring hunting back to the state and not drive it away. It's time to pass this bill.
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