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Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman said several littering
cases have been finalized, and several more are being
Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder said a photograph was
taken of a fisher in northern Mercer County. The large member of
the weasel family was perched in the upper branches of a maple
tree, he said. “Although fishers are more commonly found in the
larger hardwoods of the state, their ranges have been expanding due
to another successful reintroduction program by the Game
Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber said bear complaints are up in
Warren County WCO Dustin M. Stoner said, during the past 11 years,
he never was assigned an incident concerning ducklings stuck in a
storm water drain basin. Most recently, he responded to such a call
twice in two days, rescuing 18 wood duck and 10 mallard
Mercer/Venango Counties LMGS Mario L. Piccirilli said an additional
19 new shallow oil/gas wells will be put in on SGL 45, and six
wells on SGL 39, all in Venango County.
Crawford/Erie Counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander said that agency
habitat management staff met with several prospective bidders to
review a 700-acre timber sale on SGL 314. “This sale is designed to
provide a large area of early-successional shrub habitat for birds,
such as woodcock, blue-winged warblers, yellow warblers, Northern
towhees and other shrub associated wildlife,” he said. Deer will
benefit as well.
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala said a Fox Chapel woman was the
first to receive a reward in his area under the new poaching laws
enacted in September. “The woman took some bold action in making
sure that the Game Commission knew that something suspicious was
going on behind her home,” he said. “The suspect involved was found
to have killed a doe without having an antlerless license and
failed to attach any tag to the deer or wear the required
fluorescent orange. The witness received a $250 reward for her
report that led us to filing charges for the illegally killed
Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer said, during one of the recent strong
thunderstorms, a large tree was blown over into the play area of a
local day care center, resulting in the displacement of two young
great horned owls. “The unique thing about these owls was their
size for the time of year,” he said. “Their current size was what
they should have been in April not late May. The young owls were
turned over to a veterinary clinic.
Fayette County WCO Christopher Bergman said 53 individuals passed a
recent HTE course in northern Fayette County.
Indiana County WCO Jack Lucas said the unlawful use of ATVs on
state game lands and cooperative public access lands has continued
to increase. The Indiana County Sheriff Department will assist in
enforcement, especially on the Rails to Trails bike paths in the
Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite reports that patrols over the
Memorial Day holiday period resulted in individuals caught
littering and underage drinking.
Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite said a bear was breaking into a
feed storage area on a local farm in his district. “We caught the
bear and took it to a local youth fishing derby to tranquilize and
tag it before releasing the bear on a nearby SGL,” he said.
Westmoreland County WCO Dan Bookser reports that the one active
eagle nest in his district has produced one young eagle. Both
adults have been seen on or at the nest.
Westmoreland County WCO Brian Singer reports that, even months
after the close of the 2010-11 deer seasons, several anonymous tips
from concerned citizens have lead to successful prosecutions for
deer unlawfully taken during the deer seasons. One successful
prosecution resulted in fines of more than $7,500 for a
trophy-class deer that was unlawfully killed.
McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik is investigating the killing of an
immature bald eagle along Sartwell Creek Road in Roulette Township,
Potter County. The eagle had been shot with a small caliber
McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik said incidents concerning
road-killed bears are on the rise in eastern McKean County. “At
least six bears have been picked up so far, ranging from an 8-pound
cub to a 340-pound male,” he said.
Elk County WCO Dick Bodenhorn filed numerous charges on two Ridgway
men following a lengthy investigation of information concerning one
of them killing two antlered deer during the past deer
Elk County WCO Dick Bodenhorn reports the discovery of a new and
active bald eagle’s nest near Johnsonburg.
Union County WCO Dirk Remensyder issued citations to five
individuals for ignoring “Propagation area – do not enter” signs
designed to allow waterfowl to nest and raise their young without
Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole was assisting with an investigation
about a report of a person hunting over bait in the spring gobbler
season. “The person was a felon not to possess firearms, also,” he
said. The individual is facing additional charges since he was a
felon not to possess firearms.
Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt euthanized three bears with severe
cases of mange. “We were able to treat and release two others after
capturing them in culvert traps,” he said. Hunt is attempting to
capture and treat a sixth bear with a slight case of the same
affliction. All of these instances occurred from January to
Centre County WCO Dan Murray said deputies recently apprehended an
individual who was unlawfully operating an ATV on SGL 100 in Centre
Potter County WCO William Ragosta said recent investigations
include an over-the-limit case from last deer season, a closed
season bear case that’s being investigated in cooperation with a
New Hampshire Fish and Game officer, an over-the-bag limit turkey
case, and a case of an ATV operating on a farmer’s fields.
Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that Big Spring Fish
and Game held its annual HTE course and certified all 40
Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan and Adams County WCO Darren J.
David partnered on a case where an individual was attempting to
hunt for a second gobbler without a valid tag, as he was carrying
his 10-year-old son’s mentored youth tag while hunting without the
Adams County WCO Darren J. David and York County WCO Greg Graham
worked a decoy operation during spring gobbler season and charged a
father and adult son for alighting from a vehicle driven by his
father, in order to shoot the turkey from the road. Another
individual was observed illegally dumping yard waste.
York County WCO Greg Graham said that enforcement efforts at
Codorus State Park have resulted in numerous contacts with boaters
and kayakers that entered the “Restricted Area” surrounding an
osprey nest. “All boaters have a responsibility to adhere to
boating regulations and the ‘Restricted Area’ signage while on Lake
Marburg,” he said. If citations are issued for violating these
regulations, the minimum fines are $1,000 and possible
York County WCO Greg Graham has had several white-tailed deer fawns
removed from the wild and taken home.
Mifflin County WCO Jeffrey G. Mock said spring gobbler season was
slow. There were no hunting-related shooting incidents. Two
complaints were filed, one trespass while hunting and the other,
hunting without a license.
Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that a Bedford area
man pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful taking or possession of
game or wildlife after he was found to be in possession of a spring
gobbler that he shot and tagged with his daughter’s spring turkey
Juniata/Mifflin/Perry/Snyder Counties LMGS Steven Bernardi said a
fairly new peregrine falcon nest in his area successfully fledged
four young this year. Last year’s nest also was successful.
Perry County WCO Steve Hower said a Watts Township man recently
opened his garage door and was surprised when a raccoon ran in.
“His pet dog attacked the raccoon, and the man was bitten when he
tried to intervene,” he said. “Unfortunately, the raccoon tested
positive for rabies and the man currently is getting the post
exposure vaccine. His dog was current with rabies vaccinations, and
only needed a booster shot.”
Fulton County WCO Kevin Mountz said two yearling bear cubs were
trapped in May and relocated. Both were caught on the same night in
the same trap at the same time.
Blair County Stephen T. Hanczar said, over the Memorial Day
weekend, a multi-county detail to thwart illegal ATV and dirt bike
activities was held. “WCOs and Deputy WCOs from Blair, Centre and
Clearfield counties patrolled SGL 60 and the Tyrone Borough
Watershed, which is enrolled in the agency’s Forest-Game Cooperator
program,” he said.
Franklin County WCO Justin Klugh said, after years of consistently
seeing eagles in the area, the first documented eagle nest has been
located in Franklin County.
Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich noted that recent patrols of the
game land ranges have shown pretty good compliance with the new
requirement of having either a permit or a hunting or furtaking
Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich and deputies, acting on
information received from an anonymous caller, investigated an
incident of someone unlawfully taking a black bear. Charges will be
filed on an individual involved in the unlawful taking or
possession of the bear, he said. That same individual also received
several warnings for unrelated issues.
Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich said the same nuisance black bear
was trapped twice in two weeks. “The first time he was captured in
Enola and relocated to the far reaches of the Tuscarura State
Forest,” he said. “The second time, he was trapped in Carlisle –
more than halfway back to Enola – and taken to the Huntingdon
York County WCO Shawn Musser charged an individual for killing a
hen turkey in spring gobbler season. “It seems this individual did
nothing by the book,” he said. “Around 2 p.m., prior to the start
of the all-day hunting portion of the season, he was driving a dump
truck when he spotted the hen, fired a small caliber rifle from his
vehicle, in a safety zone, killing a hen turkey, in a closed
season, did not have a valid hunting license, then exited the
vehicle and stomped on the hen to finish killing it. To top it off,
he hopped back in the vehicle and left the hen lay to waste,” he
said. Two witnesses reported the incident, and game officers and
the local police caught the individual.
Bradford County WCO Joseph Wenzel, this spring, has encountered a
number of hunters out pursuing feral swine especially near SGL 219
adjacent to the New York border.
Bradford County WCO Vernon Perry is working on trash dumping cases
which occurred on state game lands.
Pike County WCO Mark Kropa said charges are pending on a Dingman’s
Ferry man and his 16-year-old son for shooting a deer in
Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley cited two people: one was
for having killed a turkey and failing to tag it while trespassing
and another for driving on SGL 165 in a Jeep Wrangler.
Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley reports compliance with the new
range regulations seems to be well within the guidelines of
acceptable. “Several warnings have been issued and regulations
explained, but overall the new regulations are working very well on
the range,” he said.
Bucks County WCO John Papson said a feat in the hunting realm that
many hope for, but few have achieved, is the “triple trophy,” which
consists of harvesting a buck, a bear and a turkey in the same
license year. “This was a feat that was accomplished by Cassie Jo
Zanolini this year,” he said. “She took a nice buck with a bow in
archery season, a nice bear and topped it off with a gobbler this
Chester County WCO Scott Frederick has been giving a lot of
warnings to folks using the shooting range at SGL 43 in Warwick
Township without the required range permit or current hunting or
Lebanon County WCO Michael Reeder recently dealt with several
families taking young wildlife from the wild. “In all these cases,
the individuals handled the wildlife which required the animal to
be euthanized and tested for diseases, including rabies,” he
Montgomery County WCO Ray Madden recently captured a black bear
that was seen wondering around Gilbertsville after it was treed and
then tranquilized. The bear was darted and placed in a waiting
trap, and then transferred to the northcentral part of the state
where it was released into a more suitable habitat.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that, on June 3, Dr.
Art McMorris, Game Commissioner peregrine falcon coordinator, and
Bill Streeter made their annual trip to Martins Creek to band four
peregrine chicks. They cleaned, recorded information and banded the
two females and two males. This brings the total to 21 peregrine
chicks banded at the same nesting box on Martin’s Creek Power Plant
– stack 2.