Written by Tom Shank
Two years ago, I saw a Pennsylvania Black Bear with the mange. The sight was horrifying. The poor creature looked like a zombie from “The Walking Dead.''
It had hardly any hair – large portions of its coat were bare patches of skin. I never forgot that bear and wondered how it got the mange – and how contagious mange is to humans and other animals.
Just last week, while heading to our camp in Lycoming County, those questions were answered.
I got to witness the efforts of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to curtail and control mange in bears. Parked along a state forest road were PGC and DCNR vehicles. A group of bystanders were all huddled at the rear of a cabin. My curiosity got the best of me and I pulled over to see what was going on.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:14
THE BUCKS STOP HERE
$300 in prizes
In 3 categories
ALL PHOTOS ARE WELCOME!
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Include hunter's name, date and county where buck was harvested.
Photos and winners will be published in the December 24th edition of the
Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 14:36