RESULTS OF AN INVESTIGATION OF
In 2000, the Pennsylvania Game
Commission (PGC) began a deer-reduction campaign that has collapsed the
herd in many parts of the state, with no intention of returning the deer
population to a respectably huntable status. PGC claimed that reduction
was necessary to improve the health of deer and the health of the forest.
This investigation demonstrates that both of these premises are untrue –
neither deer nor the forest were in poor health. Even if deer and the
forest had been in poor health, the PGC made no attempt to correct the
situation through habitat enhancement – improving the quality of deer
habitat toward increasing the carrying capacity of the forest to support
deer. Therefore, with no interest to resolve this supposition, the PGC
chose to unilaterally decimate the dominant herbivore from the
Commonwealth's natural ecosystem and to destroy one of the nation's top
deer hunting programs -- setting in motion great and increasing impacts to
Pennsylvania's hunting tradition and socioeconomy.