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Black bears are abundant throughout the region, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering a free program on July 24 for the public to learn more about bears.
Black bears are abundant throughout the region, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering a free program on July 24 for the public to learn more about bears.
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The Pennsylvania Game Commission shooting range located on State Game Lands 300 in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, will be closed for repairs from Monday, Jul 07 through Thursday, Jul 10 due to maintenance work being conducted on the berms. The range will reopen on Friday, Jul 11.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold its quarterly business meeting on July 14-15 at its Harrisburg headquarters, located at 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

As part of the Commission’s quarterly meeting, committees will meet beginning at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, July 14, and again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15. Formal consideration of the agenda by the full Commission will begin at approximately 9:10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15. All committee meetings and the formal meeting are open to the public.

Also, on Monday evening at 7 p.m., PFBC Executive Director John Arway will present the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award to former Senator Franklin Kury to recognize Mr. Kury’s lasting conservation impact as the author and champion of Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, also known as the Environmental Rights Amendment.

“Arguably, this addition to the Pennsylvania Constitution stands as one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation ever passed in the state,” said Arway. “The incredible legacy of Article 1, Section 27, places Mr. Kury in a group of the most notable leaders in Pennsylvania’s rich conservation history.”

The evening session will feature a discussion on the significance of Article I, Section 27, and will be moderated by Pete Duncan, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The session will also include a taped interview with Professor John Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University and co-director of Widener’s Environmental Law Center.

The Abele Award is the highest recognition the PFBC provides to persons who distinguish themselves in the cause of conservation.

A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the PFBC’s web site at www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will host an educational program on black bears at the Northeast Region Office in Dallas at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24.

This free program will cover black bear biology and behavior, ecology, management, and hunting opportunities. A black bear film will be shown as part of this program.

“The black bear population in Pennsylvania is estimated to be over 18,000 individuals,” said William Williams, Information and Education Supervisor for the Game Commission’s Northeast Region. “They are found throughout all northeastern counties and have incredible physical and behavioral adaptations that help them to survive and prosper.

“We hope to see a good turnout for this informative and entertaining program about one of Pennsylvania’s most fascinating animals.”

The Game Commission Northeast Region Office is located at 3917 Memorial Hwy. in Dallas. The office phone number is (570) 675-1143. No reservations are required.

Nescopeck State Park will hold the following events in June and July (for more information or to register, call 570-403-2006):

Tuesday, July 8 - Junior Bird Club; 9 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, July 9 - Hiking Series: Boulder Field Trail; 9 a.m.

Friday, July 18 - Introduction to Geocaching; 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23 - Evening Kayak Paddle Sessions; 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Friday, July 25 - Hiking Series: Thomas Darling Preserve; 9 a.m.

Saturday, July 26 - Ferns and Summer Wildflowers; 10 a.m.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is accepting registrations for its Furtaking course to be held Sept. 13 at the Whitetail Preserve Shooting Range, 118 Boulevard Road in Rock Glen. Cost is $15 for the one-day certification class.

The class also includes training on the use of cable restraint devices, for which certification is required for any trapper using cable restring devices to capture foxes and coyotes. Students should bring waders or hip boots to be used during the instruction on making water sets. For more information, call 570-675-1143.

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