Bear clear of the gas

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As if hunters do not already have enough obstacles in their way to a trophy season, what with limited hunting days, amount of game they can legally take, and areas they can set their sites-on, which appears to, shrink from year to year; now they can add wells, as in gas, as in drilling, to the list of things to gnaw at before the kill.

Bear season opens in Pennsylvania this Saturday for three non-consecutive days, and Pennsylvania’s Game Commission tells Rock The Capital it has growing concerns for the safety of hunters.

“It will disrupt hunters routine and hunters are creatures of habit,” said Jerry Feaser, spokesperson for the Game Commission.

In general, people are still not accustomed to the speed of light changes to the landscape, this year alone 1,177 new wells have come on line, and some may well have popped up in fertile harvest areas. Feaser is highly encouraging hunters to take a close look at their surroundings before seizing the day.

“It’s incumbent to know what is the area where they are going hunting,” said Feaser.

Its not only the new well pads that can stand in the way, there are more trucks traveling in unexpected places.

“Our district foresters are working with companies to set restrictions and provide guidance,” said Dan Devlin. Devlin is the bureau of forestry director for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, “we are strongly encouraging the industry to abstain from any heavy hauling from bear season through the end of deer season in December.”

The Black bear population numbers roughly 17,000 and Feaser expects a harvest of between 3,000 and 4,000.

Still for those about to bag the prize of a lifetime, the biggest surprise could end up being, well, all the new wells.

They may be in for a harsh jolt of reality,” said Feaser. Click here for more information about hunting in Pennsylvania.

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