Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – July 4th, 2014


From the Game Commission
• Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports he is investigating a case where a bear head was dumped in a garbage bag in a DCNR parking area along Old Greentown Road. It was discovered by some birdwatchers that turned it over to a Promised Land State Park ranger. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Northeast Regional Office at 570-675-1143.
• Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports several citations were recently issued at the State Game Land 183 shooting range. The violations were not having the proper range permit or valid hunting license, shooting multiple projectile ammunition and shooting at targets other than paper. In one instance the individual was shooting at a rock.  They all face fines of up to $200. 


From the Fish & Boat Commission
• Allegheny County WCOs Mike Johnson and Robert Wheeler stopped a motorboat with four people onboard for violating a slow no wake zone on June 6 in the area of the Pittsburgh Point on the Allegheny River. Upon investigation, the operator was placed under arrest for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. The operator was taken to the Pittsburgh police department for processing. Charges are pending.


From the Game Commission
• Berks County DWCO Dan Lynch reports that while on a recent patrol of State Game Land 106 and the Hamburg Watershed with WCO Matt Teehan and DWCO Larry Gallagher, they cited three people for illegal camping, using a fire pit and possession of alcohol. One of the individuals was carrying a firearm with no identification and no firearms permit in possession. The next people they encountered were also consuming alcohol on the game lands as well as smoking marijuana.
• Bucks County WCO John Papson reports that several investigations are being conducted regarding game lands encroachments.
• Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham trapped and relocated a bear that was raiding birdfeeders near Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. The 125-pound male was previously trapped at Pennypack Park in Montgomery County and relocated to Hawk Mountain in Berks County on May 15. 
• Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that a bison escaped from its pen and was roaming State Game Land 46 and 156 near Brickerville. It was located near the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and state Route 501 several days after the escape. The owner was contacted and after he was unable to capture the 1,500-pound bull, it was euthanized by the owner.
• Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that the Martins Creek Power Plant peregrine falcons hatched two young which were banded, cleaned and returned to the nest by Art McMorris and Bill Streeter. Three unhatched eggs were recovered for testing.
• Philadelphia/Delaware County WCO Jerrold W. Czech Jr. reports a team banded three peregrine falcon chicks on the Commodore Barry Bridge that crosses the Delaware River in Chester City to New Jersey. Three healthy chicks were checked, banded and returned to the nest. The same week they banded four chicks in a church steeple in the Roxborough section of the city. All of those chicks were given a clean bill of heath, banded and returned to the nest. They fledged successfully six days later.

From the Fish & Boat Commission
• Delaware County WCO Ronald Evancho arrested a 28-year-old male from Rutledge for boating under the influence on the Delaware River near Tinicum Island after the defendant was stopped for a wake violation. The defendant was transported to a nearby hospital for a blood test to determine his BAC. Lab results and charges are pending.
• Philadelphia County WCO Erin Czech arrested a 49-year-old male from Westville, NJ, for boating under the influence on the Delaware River near Penns Landing after the defendant was stopped for a wake violation. Testing of the defendant’s breath by Philadelphia Police Department showed that he had a BAC of 0.19 percent.


From the Fish & Boat Commission
• Bradford County Waterways Conservation Officer Jeremy Yohe is currently investigating a pollution of waters on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River near Towanda on June 4. Allegedly, a chemical spill occurred at a local factory due to a power failure. The liquid made its way to a storm drain then to the Susquehanna River. Approximately 137 gallons of an aromatic hydrocarbon made it into the river.
• Luzerne County Waterways Conservation Officer Aaron Lupacchini found a concrete spill had occurred at a construction site in Wilkes-Barre. Fish were killed including wild trout. The investigation continues.

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