Game Commission Trying to Bring Back Bobwhite Quail

HARRISBURG – WHTM has the story today on a small game bird, once in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties before it vanished in the 1990’s, is back.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission released 50 bobwhite quail on Letterkenny Army Depot grounds in Franklin County on Tuesday.


The birds are the “final brick in a foundation the Game Commission began laying more than a decade ago,” the PGC wrote in a news release.  “This is an exciting time, the next chapter in a story of wildlife restoration,” says Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said.


“It’s difficult – not impossible, but difficult – to take any species that’s disappeared and bring it back again. “That has already been done in Pennsylvania with white-tailed deer, bald eagles and peregrine falcons, species that once were scarce in the state but are now thriving.


The quails began to disappear as their farmland habitat did over the years and they were declared gone from within our state borders after conducting extensive surveys in 2013 and 2014, however, officials believe that they were lost in the late 1990s or early 2000s.


In 2017, the PGC and Letterkenny worked to create a restoration site and bobwhite quail habitat by managing about 2,700 acres of the depot that was focused on “the repair and modernization of air and missile defense systems.”

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