The Pennsylvania Game Commission is the state agency responsible for wildlife conservation and management in Pennsylvania in the United States. It was founded over 100 years ago and has more than 700 employees.
Mission and duties
The mission of the Pennsylvania Game Commission is:
- To manage and protect wildlife
- To manage wildlife habitat
- To inform and educate the public on wildlife and safe hunting practices
The duties of the Pennsylvania Game Commission include:
- Set hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits
- Issuing hunting and fur taking licenses
- Conduct tests for wildlife disease
- Pheasant release
- Animal Reintroduction
President: Roxane Palone
Vice-President: Gregory Isabella
Secretary: James Jay Delaney, Jr.
Commissioner: Russell Schleiden
Commissioner: H. Daniel Hill III
Commissioner: David Schreffler
Commissioner: Thomas Boop, Esquire
Wildlife Conservation Officers
The main workforce of the Pennsylvania Game Commission are Wildlife Conservation Officers
, also known as WCOs. These men and women are trained at the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Harrisburg. New recruiting classes are formed when positions open up, which is normally every 2nd or 3rd year. Classes are usually kept below 30 students.
Training is a 11-month training program in Law Enforcement, Natural Resource
Management, Wildlife Management, and other subjects. Students are paid $1,150.40 on a bi-weekly basis and are required to live in provided housing.
WCO's are the police for wildlife. They are there to enforce the hunting and trapping laws as well as many other laws. They patrol the Pennsylvania State Game Lands
They teach hunter-trapper education courses as well as providing many other educational opportunities for the Pennsylvania public.
Pennsylvania Game News
- Pennsylvania Game News is the PGC's monthly publication, dealing with wildlife conservation and the financial & legislative functions of the Game Commission.
- Monthly Field Notes, written by WCOs and their deputies, are funny stories about happenings in the fields. They are a monthly favorite of many.
Since the establishment of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 4 officers have died in the line of duty.