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Wildlife- Region 7, Central New York

falcon chicks in a bucket, Syracuse

Overview of Region 7 Wildlife Program

Region 7 includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. The Region has a healthy deer and turkey population, as well as a number of black bears in the southern tier. Fox, beaver, muskrat and an occasional bobcat are found in the region. A pair of peregrine falcon nest in Syracuse and have produced over 20 young over the past seven years. Region 7 is the only known location of the endangered Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail, and the Indiana Bat calls Region 7 home. The bald eagle has several nests in the region, and in recent years many eagles have been seen wintering along the shores of Onondaga Lake.

The Region 7 Wildlife Office is located in Cortland and handles wildlife issues for the nine county region. Staff manage many wildlife programs including: the wildlife diversity program, waterfowl program, land management program, hunter education program, and big game program. Details about the regional programs are available. All questions about region 7 programs should be directed to the Cortland Wildlife Office at 607-753-3095 ext. 247.

Invasive Species

Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment or to human health. As a threat to our biodiversity, they have been judged second only to habitat loss. Invasives come from all around the world; the rate of invasion is increasing along with the increase in international trade that accompanies globalization. One of Region 7's chief invasive species is the Eurasian boar.

Hunting in Region 7

The region offers many hunting opportunities. There are 16 wildlife management units (WMU) in the region and an abundance of state lands, both wildlife management areas and state forests/unique areas, are located in these units. Maps for the WMUs are available as are maps and information on each of the WMAs and state forests.

DEC has established a Deer Management Focus Area (DMFA) in central Tompkins County to intensify use of hunting to assist communities in the Ithaca area with the burden of overabundant deer populations. The focus area program (PDF) (1.35 MB)is established to reduce total deer populations within the focus area by providing more time and more tags to hunters who can gain access to huntable land.