PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 16
Erie County WCO Michael A. Girosky has seen an increase in dumping
litter on SGL 314 in the past two months.
Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger said several major trash
dumping incidents were reported.
Forest County WCO Frank E. Leichtenberger said several citations
were issued for illegal ATV activity over the Memorial Day and
Fourth of July holidays.
WCO Rod Burns reports that bald eagles are doing well in his
Armstrong County district. At least three nesting sites have been
Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer is investigating the unlawful killing
of multiple geese on the Ohio River near Midland. Over the July
Fourth holiday, Midland area residents reported seeing a personal
watercraft run down several geese on the Ohio River near the
Ohio/Pennsylvania state line. “The perpetrator of this crime
corralled the geese near a barge and repeatedly ran them over,” he
said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Southwest Office
Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin has filed 19 charges for operating
a motorized vehicle on game lands, possession of alcohol and drugs
and drug paraphernalia on SGLs. All these incidents occurred on SGL
Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that two black bears have
been needlessly shot and killed in the area from Chalk Hill to
Meadow Run since May. One was a yearling and the other estimated at
Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that an
Acme man pleaded guilty to an unlawful possession charge and a
false report charge stemming from an investigation into a fisher
trapped a week before last year’s season. The man admitted to
trapping the fisher in Somerset County a week before the season
opened in December. The man then reported the fisher on Christmas
Day as a legally taken animal from Westmoreland County.
Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh filed charges
against individuals for illegal ATV use, possession of drugs,
disorderly conduct and camping in the Casparis area of SGL
Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas reports patrols continue on SGL
296 in order to curb ATV activity. “Our patrols have been effective
and on a few encounters the individuals admitted they knew we were
patrolling more often,” he said. One individual was successfully
prosecuted for operation of a dirt bike and possession of drug
paraphernalia totaling more than $400 with court costs.
Centre County WCO Dan Murray said increased patrols in northern
Centre County are having a positive effect. “Concentrated efforts
have helped to decrease illegal ATV activity and alcohol/drug
possession on SGLs, as well as an increased night-time presence in
areas popular for the illegal taking of wildlife,” he said.
Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole received a complaint about people
feeding bears in a campground. “When I arrived at the campground, I
found out that there were at least five bears frequenting the area
– a sow with two cubs, a 225-pound male and another bear that is
supposed to be 400 pounds,” he said. “The bears had been habituated
so much that anyone could hand feed them! I was able to speak to
two teenage girls that had hand fed the 225-pound bear. I heard
reports that some people were lying down on the ground and putting
food on their chest and letting the 400-pound bear eat the food off
of their chest.”
McKean County WCO Len Groshek reports an increase of patrols on
public access properties throughout the county due to an increase
in illegal ATV and dirt bike activity. During the last part of
June, citations have been issued for illegal off-road vehicle use
on properties of four different Forest-Game cooperators.
McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik, in a two-week period, captured at
least 10 bears and has had at least four traps set almost every
day. “Most complaints are that bears are getting into the garbage
or bird feeders,” he said.
McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik euthanized an adult black bear sow
that had severe mange. The bear was captured on Route 446 north of
Eldred. Despite having a large frame, the sow weighed less than 70
pounds and had almost complete hair loss and her entire body had
Elk County WCO Dick Bodenhorn is getting a number of reports of
bears with mange from various parts of his coverage area. “So far,
only one of those bears has been euthanized, but others likely will
be as their condition gets worse,” he said.
Wayne County WCO James P. McCarthy said a group of people are
facing charges for harvesting a large amount of rock moss from game
lands in the Gouldsboro area. “It is believed the group intended to
sell the moss for terrariums in the nearby metropolitan areas,” he
Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa reports incidents involving
individuals bringing home what they believed to be orphaned
Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley cited an individual for
illegally taking fawn of out the wild and having it in their
Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley continues to pursue ongoing
issues with ATVs being driven on SGLs.
Monroe County WCO Cory A. Bentzoni said a nonresident recently
plead guilty to picking up a road-kill without getting the proper
permits, and another individual was charged with unlawful taking of
wildlife out of season.
Bucks County WCO John Papson reports that the fatal hunting-related
shooting incident from the first day of deer season has been closed
with the defendant receiving 10-25 years in a state correctional
facility and fines totaling $10,000.
Lebanon County WCO Michael Reeder has dealt with several groups of
people camping on game lands. “In almost all instances, alcohol
and/or drugs were also found at the campsites,” he said.
Montgomery County WCO Chris Heil currently is investigating pest
control companies operating without the proper permits needed to
deal with nuisance wildlife.
Montgomery County WCO Chris Heil is investigating several people
who have unlawfully removed white-tailed fawns and other wildlife
from the wild as well as other game and wildlife code
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider said one of the four banded
peregrine falcon chicks was found dead by employees of Martin’s
Creek Power Plant. The cause of death is undetermined at this