Public Comment Perioed on Fisher Management Plan Extended

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Due to a technical problem that has been corrected, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is extending the deadline to submit public input on a draft fisher management plan, which can be reviewed on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), to June 11.  A link to the “Draft Fisher Management Plan” in the center of the homepage. 

“We are seeking public comment on the draft fisher management plan to ensure the resulting final management plan considers the thoughts and concerns of Pennsylvanians about this species,” said Calvin W. DuBrock, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director.  “As written, the plan is science-based, progressive and promotes responsible management.  We’re interested in hearing from Pennsylvanians who would like to offer comments, and to see if we’ve missed something or if they share our management vision for the future.

“Unfortunately, due to a technical error, we did not receive any of the public comments submitted through the website link prior to May 19.  We’re sorry for this inconvenience if you’ve already submitted your thoughts, and welcome you to resubmit your comments.”

Developed by Dr. Matthew Lovallo, agency Game Mammals Section supervisor, the fisher management plan provides a comprehensive and current summary of fisher biology; historic and current status in Pennsylvania; population recovery; economic significance; public interest; and regional population and harvest management approaches. The plan also provides supporting objectives and strategies to achieve species-specific goals related to: population monitoring; habitat assessment; population enhancement; and development and implementation of a harvest management program.

Public comments on the agency’s fisher management plan will be accepted until June 11, via the website or by mail to: Fisher Management Plan, Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

For more information, visit the Game Commission’s “Fisher” section on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), which can be viewed by selecting “Wildlife” in the left-hand column of the homepage then click on the fisher photo. This site features two articles on fishers, the agency’s Wildlife Note on fishers, two fisher reintroduction program updates and a copy of the draft fisher management plan.