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Several Western Pennsylvania waters receive consumption advisories

Bob Frye
| Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A number of local waters are included in the fish consumption advisory released by the Fish and Boat Commission and Department of Environmental Protection, among others.

The advisories are not intended to keep people from eating fish, officials said. Rather, they are meant to keep people from ingesting unhealthy levels of chemicals related to the state's industrial past.

Several waters saw previous advisories lifted. One was Thorn Creek, from its source to the Route 2012 bridge at Frazier Mill in Butler County, which had been under a two-meals-per-month limit on trout.

Seeing the boundaries of its advisory changed was a section of the Monongahela River. There's now a one-meal-per-month advisory on carp due to PCB contamination between the Point Marion Lock and Dam and the Maxwell Lock and Dam.

An advisory made more restrictive is one that says no one should eat carp or catfish pulled from the Beaver River from the confluence of the Mahoning and Shenango rivers to the New Brighton Dam because of PCB contamination. Previously the limit had been six meals per year.

A new advisory says anglers should eat no more than one meal per month of carp pulled from the Allegheny River in pools 3, 4 and 5 and Lock and Dam 6 in Armstrong County.

Coyote ugly

One rumor that's dogged the Game Commission for years says it intentionally stocked coyotes in the state to cut down on deer numbers.

Turns out that's not just a Keystone State thing.

A state lawmaker in Tennessee suggested officials there released coyotes to kill deer, too. He went beyond that, though, to say he's lost livestock to coyotes, which will eventually "start getting kids out of the yard."

This was not Rep. Frank Nicely's first run-in with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Within the past year he has also, according to news reports, introduced 12 bills that would affect fish and wildlife. One of those -- before being withdrawn -- would have allowed game preserves to catch wild deer and stock them inside their fences.

Record elk

It's not official yet, but Pennsylvania may have given up a record elk this past fall.

Bill Zee shot an elk last season that scored 4426/8. If that holds up, it will be the new state record for non-typical elk, and the eighth largest non-typical ever taken in the world.

Zee was one of 18 hunters to draw a bull tag last year. He hunted in zone 9, with the assistance of Elk County Outfitters, which has several guides from Westmoreland County.

His bull was a 9x8 that had an estimated live weight of 930 pounds. It was thought to be 8 1/2 years old.

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