Why do we have seasons to control even Bobcats, Fishers and Otters but not hawks.
Well I certainly live in country that had an abundance of pheasant, rabbit and even a good population of quail back in the day. Iíve lived all my life in southern Dauphin County, and hunted in Dauphin, Lancaster, York and Lebanon counties since 1964.
We most certainly donít have the habitat we had then, due to farming practices and fragmentation of habitat. The differences in farming practices are well documented in this and other threads. As to fragmentation of habitat, I can speak to that from experience:
In the mid 60ís, the counties listed above were virtually one contiguous farm, with small areas of cities, towns and rudimentary suburbs dotting the landscape. Now, these same counties are contiguous cities, towns and most of all suburbs, with relatively small areas of farm land dotting the landscape. Even in Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties where there is still a good bit of farmland remaining, itís now small farms completely surrounded and broken up by suburban development.
Iíll not argue that fragmentation of habitat is the biggest factor and will forever more prevent recovery of our small game species, because you that continually rant about birds of prey being the primary issue will never accept it.
BUT, I have one question for you:
Just what do you propose to alleviate the ďproblemĒ? You do know that the PGC has no authority to regulate avian predators, right? You do know that raptors are protected due to international treaty, right? So what exactly is the point of this constant complaining about avian predators, just what do you think it will accomplish?