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Dr. Christopher S. Rosenberry

Wrong Dr. Christopher S. Rosenberry?

Deer Biologist

Local Address: Pennsylvania, United States
Game Commission

Employment History


  • Ph.D.
  • doctorate , zoology
    North Carolina State University
  • bachelor's of science , biology
    Juniata College
  • West Perry High School
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In short, "we want to make ..., 1 Aug 2013 [cached]
In short, "we want to make sure deer are the problem," said Game Commission deer biologist Chris Rosenberry.
As to why now, this kind of study just couldn't be done before, Rosenberry said.
The commission actively decreased deer populations between 2002 and 2004, he said. Prior to that, the commission's deer program was based on deer density objectives, which is not the case today. The data available for evaluation today didn't exist then either, he noted.
The commission has always tried to use science to better refine its deer program and deer management recommendations, though, he added.
"In short, "we want to make sure deer are the problem," said Game Commission deer biologist Chris Rosenberry."
Oh brother... Pa biologists are far worse than politicians when it comes to talking out the side of their mouths.
"As to why now, this kind of study just couldn't be done before, Rosenberry said."
Rosenberry and the PGC have always known the deer weren't he only problem with forest regeneration.
"Since deer herd reductions earlier this ..., 13 Sept 2007 [cached]
"Since deer herd reductions earlier this decade, the deer management program has worked to stabilize the deer populations in most WMUs during the past three seasons," said Dr. Christopher Rosenberry, Game Commission Deer Management Section supervisor.
County man will head deer program, 21 April 2005 [cached]
A Perry County resident, Dr. Christopher Rosenberry, has been named the new section supervisor of deer management for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. Gary Alt in December.
Since 2000, Rosenberry has been employed by the agency as a wildlife biometrician, and he has worked with the agency's deer section for the past few years.He had worked extensively with whitetails in Delaware and Maryland before joining the Game Commission.
"Dr. Rosenberry is a great fit to guide Pennsylvania's deer program," said Calvin W. DuBrock, director of the agency's Bureau of Wildlife Management.
Having worked with the agency's deer team for four years, Rosenberry said that he views his new role as a team leader with an emphasis on "team."
"The experiences of the three biologists in the deer section cover almost every aspect of deer management," Rosenberry said."As a group, we are committed to making responsible recommendations for managing Pennsylvania's deer population."
In addition to Rosenberry, the Deer Management Section is comprised of Bret Wallingford, who has been with the agency since 1990, and Jeannine Tardiff, who has been with the agency since 2004.
Rosenberry began his wildlife career as a biologist aide with the Game Commission and, after eight years of education and work experience, returned to take a full-time position as the wildlife biometrician in 2000.
During his service with the Game Commission, Rosenberry coauthored with Dr. Mathew Lovallo, Game Commission biologist, the agency's new Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) system; assisted in the development of the new elk population survey method; assisted in the design and implementation of the recent deer research studies; and refined the agency's deer harvest estimation procedures and the harvest reporting rate program.
Rosenberry grew up in southcentral Pennsylvania where he graduated from West Perry High School in 1988.He was a member of the National Honor Society and also named the U.S. Army Reserve Student-Athlete of the Year.He played center and linebacker on the football team and was named to the all-conference team.He was team captain in his senior year.
Rosenberry graduated with honors from Juniata College in 1992 with a bachelor's of science in biology and held a number of temporary wildlife positions before beginning his graduate work at North Carolina State University.
As a graduate student, he studied dispersal ecology and behavior of white-tailed deer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.In 1997, he graduated from North Carolina State University with a doctorate in zoology and a minor in statistics.
He worked for Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife as a deer biologist.In Delaware, he administered the deer damage assistance program, coordinated a citizens' task force that provided input for development of a statewide deer management plan, and worked on agricultural and suburban deer issues.
Following his work with Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife, he held a research position at Delaware State University, where he continued to work on agricultural and suburban deer conflicts.He also held a teaching position at West Chester University prior to coming to the Game Commission in 2000.
A member of The Wildlife Society and the American Society of Mammalogists, he has authored or coauthored publications in scientific journals such as the Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Society Bulletin and Canadian Journal of Zoology.He also has authored and coauthored articles for popular press magazines, as well as a chapter in the Ecology and Management of Large Mammals in North America.
Similar studies have been conducted in ..., 20 Mar 2012 [cached]
Similar studies have been conducted in WMUs 2D, 2G, 3C, 4B and 4D, but the WMU 5C is a first-of-its-kind effort, according to Chris Rosenberry, the PGC's chief deer biologist.
"The field techniques and some objectives are the same, however this study differs from previous studies in that we have not conducted field work in such a developed area as this study area," he said.
"Our greatest expectation is to better understand the factors affecting deer populations in developed areas," Rosenberry said.
"I would say there's certainly some ..., 25 Mar 2011 [cached]
"I would say there's certainly some very impressive animals coming out of those areas," said Dr. Christopher Rosenberry, the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Section supervisor.
"It depends on what kind of effort hunters are willing to make," Rosenberry said.
"In Unit 2B around Pittsburgh and Unit 5B, which is the immediate vicinity around the city of Philadelphia, the objective is to reduce the deer population, but allocations did not increase in those units because we're not selling the tags that are out there," Rosenberry explained.
Forest health is rated as poor in WMU 5C; however, according to Dr. Rosenberry, deer have good nutrition.
A great tip for trophy buck hunters is to look at the areas where 4-point antler restrictions are in effect, but not for the reason that some might expect.
"What we were trying to achieve by putting the 4-point regulation out is protecting half of the yearling bucks from harvest in those areas because, before antler restrictions, those areas were showing better antler development among yearling bucks compared to the 3-point areas," Rosenberry said.
When asked whether one could equate habitat type to hunter success or to big bucks, Rosenberry said, "It could be related. I don't know if it's real clear."
No matter how often it is explained, hunters, many of them opponents of Pennsylvania Game Commission deer management methods, do not understand the reasoning behind antler restrictions. Producing trophy bucks is not a management goal and has nothing to do with the reasoning behind antler restrictions.
Rosenberry will offer tips for locating the better bucks.
"In general, I would say that any place where there is decent nutrition should be a good area," he said.
It seems odd that our oldest buck would come from an area that is 50 percent public land, Rosenberry noted.
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