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Pennsylvania Wildlife Information:
Pennsylvania State bird: Ruffed grouse
State mammal: White-tailed deer
tate insect: 7-spotted ladybug, Pennsylvania firefly
State fish: Brook trout

You can find a variety of landscapes in Pennsylvania, though the majority of the state is covered in forest. Pennsylvania has a fair amount of flat land and a fair amount of mountainous land. No matter where you go, you are bound to run into wildlife. Warm-loving animals will not be so inclined to live in this state, though the southern region has more mild temperatures than the mountainous north. Because of the slight temperature difference, snakes and amphibians are more populous in the south. Rattlesnakes, one of the venomous snakes in the state, are only found in the lower aspect of Pennsylvania. Smaller snakes, like the garter snake, make their home just about anywhere they can find.

Reptiles aren’t the only critters that like Pennsylvania. The state has hundreds of sheltered ponds and lakes, and this promotes a healthy population of beavers, otters, and muskrats. Other semi-aquatic animals include the snapping turtle and the common water snake.

Of predators, Pennsylvania has only two large mammalian carnivores. The black bear and coyote are at the top of the food chain in this state, though there have been numerous sightings of mountain lions over the last decade. The state’s Department of Fish and Game adamantly dismisses the rumors, and has been able to disprove most of the sightings. Still, many residents feel there is a breeding population of the large cats somewhere in the state. Black bear, though destructive when they find a bird feeder or an open garbage can, are not seen as commonly as coyotes. There has been a large increase in the coyote population; likely due to almost no predation and ample supply of white-tailed deer and other small game. Because of the abundance of wildlife, coyotes are usually only problematic if they are in an urban area. In this setting, the canines can become bold and dangerous, threatening house pets and small children.

Still, the most popular home invaders in Pennsylvania are of a much smaller size. Raccoons and squirrels are always on the hunt for an empty attic, and rats and mice will take any opportunity to sneak into a home. Woodchucks are just as common and irritating; the stout creatures quickly moving in under unprotected decks and patios.

If homeowners are really unlucky, they will forget to secure their pet door at night and will wake up to find a porcupine has entered the house looking for cat food.

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Pennsylvania Wildlife Removal News:
Activists Support Skunk catches pest wildlife in Pennsylvania. Animal activities speak at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting. Several extermination companies spoke up against Pennsylvania’s skunk management program at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The program allows problem unwanted critter catching in county parks as one method to alleviate the skunk number of unwanted wild animals. “[We] still love our suburban neighborhoods houses, but we have gone from laughing with delight at the creatures and squirrel baits, to treading carefully," remarked one Pennsylvania resident, Elissa. "Officials from manage skunk controlling program have assured me that we have nothing to fear...but I'm not so sure.... Accidents do happen." The program began in 2009 because county officials argue that skunk cause environmental degradation, become road hazards and may transfer diseases to humans. According to Pennsylvania wildlife biologist Vicky, about 60 to 400 skunk per square mile live in Pennsylvania, which exceeds the area’s biological carrying capacity of 45 to 20 skunk per square mile. Many of the environmental experts disputed the county’s statistic on the skunk number of unwanted wild animals. One spoke out in favor of the program, though Pennsylvania Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon the wildlife conservation official noted that additional residents wanted to speak but could not since the board is limited in how many environmental experts they have per session. “I have used the trails by two of the parks more then anyone else. I speak in favor of this program,” remarked Craig The pest control professional, who lives in Vienna. The pest control professional went on to give several reasons for his support, including that “the extermination program gives other animals the right to survive in our county.” A non-scientific poll Wednesday brought in a total of more than 200 votes with 493 indicating that they support the skunk management program. The county will not be taking any action on the program in the near future, however, that does not mean that officials are not exploring other options. "I would ask our staff to always be in search of controlling the number of unwanted wild animals in ways that are as humane as possible," the wildlife conservation official remarked. From the perspective of Pennsylvania wildlife officials, the two-week skunk wildlife snare most effective time for wildlife trapping that began November 28 provides the biggest bang for the dangerous wildlife when compared to the extermination and blackpowder most effective time for wildlife trappings. Wildlife snare pest mammal experts annually take the highest number of skunk, thereby providing the most effective means of keeping the state's skunk herd in check. On Pennsylvania, it appears that the wildlife snare most effective time for wildlife trapping is having the desired effect based on a sampling of first week results.

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