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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: With the ruffled grouses
Stocking diseased pheasants
So you really want to know whatís happening to the wild birds in Pa, its simple to explain. It seems the Loyalsock pheasant farm has discovered an outbreak of Avian cholera, you got it, diseased birds. The only way to destroy the disease is to destroy the birds, slaughter and burn. But to satisfy all of our wonderful chicken killers, these birds are being treated with an anti-biotic and will then be released for your killing pleasure. The disease spreads easily in cold wet weather, guess what we have now? And since the GC has a habit of stocking chickens over top of grouse and woodcock, this disease will easily be spread to them. The disease stays active in wet soils for long enough time that it will spread to wild birds, freezing soils will not kill the disease. This means as woodcock migrate back north, they will easily contact the disease. With grouse grouping up this time of year for feeding, it will easily spread as they disperse into their normal home ranges. This cholera outbreak didnít just happen, its been there for a while, even if undetected, which means diseased birds were stocked this past October & November, which means it was spread even further into our wild birds. Anyone involved with approving this fiasco should be fired and serve jail time. So much for the resource comes first from our wonder GC. Its time to stop this stocking and put an end to all pheasant stockings in the wild.
Refer to news release 99-13. Diseased birds will be stocked in Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Carbon, Monroe, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, and Montgomery counties.
Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.