Well, it happened yet again. Last year Coyote harvest grew higher still, setting a NEW RECORD of 40,956 Coyote. This persistent idea that “nothing more can be done” to control coyotes is not borne out in the data, it’s simply not true. Coyote harvest continues to climb.
According to PGC’s latest report (11101-13z.pdf), coyote harvest continued its 20+ year upward trend
Originally Posted by Joshua B. Johnson , PGC Wildlife Biometrician
Five-year trends for harvests of furbearers indicate harvests have increased for raccoon and coyote,
The Bear population continued its climb too setting a NEW RECORD of 18,518 Bear.
And to round out the big-3 predators, Bobcats are still trending up. Incidental captures & releases went from 105 to 175.
Bobcats.--The number of incidental bobcat captures, as estimated from the annual Furtaker Survey, has been steadily increasing since 1990. Greater than 500 incidental captures have been reported annually since 1995. The 3-year moving average of incidental captures has increased significantly during 1990-2013
Even Fishers were up too.
We estimate that 1,257 fishers were captured and released by Pennsylvania trappers during the 2013-2014 season. The annual number of fisher observations and incidental captures reported to WCOs continued to trend upward since fishers were reintroduced in 1996
When will these species be stabilized? When will they be managed for balance?
At the other end of the spectrum, it’s no surprise that numerous game harvests declined.
Harvests decreased for rabbit, grouse, squirrel, quail, snowshoe hare, and crow.
Over the past 5 years, harvests have significantly declined (P < 0.05) for rabbit and grouse,
Call me a cynic, but what is wrong with the big picture, folks? Why is every predator increasing and every valuable prey species declining? Why are trees being managed for so-called desirable species, while wildlife is being managed for non-desirable species?
Why are predators being allowed to increase in density and spread to every corner of the state while game plummets? When will the forest be managed to restore a healthy % of young forest on SGL to bring game populations back?
When will habitat and our wildlife resources be managed so that GAME animals can rebound to continue the supply of funds for wildlife management?