Recent copy of Outdoor news has a PA Game Commission Biologist reporting that the clean water act and protection of birds of prey as key reasons for muskrat decline. The article also states about rabbits and pheasants being easy prey. I stated this in the past and have had many say its a habitat problem. What we have seen is the drastic declines in animals that are prey of raptors. First it was the Game commission fellow that was working with the wild pheasant recovery program, stating that raptors were the major predators. Next we may hear how raptors are responsible for Lyme disease increasing in numbers, because the raptors reduced the bird numbers. As we know birds are the main predator of ticks. I guess if smallgame numbers drop too low they may have to reduce bag limits or shorten seasons so the raptors can get more.