Friday, February 10, 2012

News From The PA Wilds

Dr. Walter Cottrell To Discuss Hazards Of Illegal Elk Feeding

According to PGC News Release #001-12: Dr. Walter Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian, will discuss the harmful effects of winter feeding of elk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Elk Country Visitor’s Center at 134 Homestead Dr., in Benezette Township, Elk County.

Elk At Feeder
This is actually part of a prolonged and intense campaign against the artificial feeding of most wildlife, especially deer and elk.  As usual there are several sides to this story and the subject was explored in some depth on this blog in the post: "Elk and People Issues With Elk, on July 29, 2010. I plan to explore more aspects of this important issue in the near future.

Paul Staniszewski Featured Artist

According to a Press Release by the Elk County Council on the Arts sent to us by Paul Staniszewski, "a solo art exhibition is being planned at the gallery on Saturday, February 18th from 10:00AM until 5:00PM to coincide with the 13th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. The featured artist for the month of February is Paul Staniszewski and he will be available to meet and greet visitors to the gallery on that day. Paul currently resides in Troutville, PA and spends a lot of time roaming the hills around Benezette looking for elk to photograph. His work will be on display and he will discuss the equipment, techniques employed, and share tips on how to successfully approach and photograph the elk."

Ron "Buckwheat"  Saffer and Paul Staniszewski Photographing Elk

The ECCOTA Gallery is located at 237 Main St. Ridgway, PA.

Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.


Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

hi willard! thought of you today. was in lex at murphy camera shop getting a tripod. as you know my deer each get a heavy handful of corn each evening and none have been bothered by this disease for 5 years but then again i feed every day of the year. they tell me when they want corn...actually this time of year they begin to back off...and for maybe 4 weeks i wont see them much (march usually). and, i have a photo of my buck eating branches with corn on the ground. that poor elk was victim to an unthinking person. i would never dump a pile like that.... always 30-40 little piles so each can have a bite and not be 'hooved' on the back or attacked by a stronger 'corn hog'.... :) my favorite, brownie has left me for some strange reason, she came back about a week ago but not daily like she used to. nobody is pushing her off either. very strange and sad. she lost her babies this summer. thinking it was the stray dogs... they nipped lucky's tail but thankfully did not get lucky. so sad....take care!

Bob Shank said...

Willard, thanks for posting a great post on this topic. My dad died back in November and he always enjoyed feeding the deer and the elk when it was legal to do so. I tend to think "the hunt" is the whole reason this topic is so big right now. There are different sides to this story for sure. Somehow, however, one side seems to get all the publicity and backing while the other side is demeaned or completely ignored. Science can teach us a lot, but experience can, too, it seems to me.

I am looking forward to being up on Winslow Hill next Sunday and Monday. I can't wait!


Ritchie said...

Hello friends,

This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic. You know You definitely put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

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