PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 17


Warren County WCO Dustin M. Stoner said this year’s 2011 Warren
County Youth Field Day Event was a success with more than 100 kids

Warren County WCO David W. Donachy, in the last week of June,
responded to a call about an eagle that would not leave people
alone. “When I arrived, I found a fledgling eagle in a tree near a
camp,” he said. “I tried to chase it, but it had become imprinted
on people. I was able to catch it and transport it to a rehab
facility, where they hope to break it of its bad habit and return
it to the wild. It’s the first time he’s heard of an eagle
imprinting on people.”

Butler/Lawrence Counties LMGS Jeffery T. Kendall said the Food and
Cover Corps crew in Lawrence County recently erected an osprey
hacking tower on SGL 151. “They have seen osprey there quite
frequently over the past year,” he said.


Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala said two deer were shot with a
small caliber firearm the same evening. Both deer were gut shot and
left to rot in an Allison Park neighborhood off Mount Royal Blvd.
The incident still is under investigation; anyone with information
is asked to contact the Southwest Region Office at

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer said the Beaver County Sportsmen
Conservation League recently held its 19th annual Youth Field Day
at Midland Sportsmen Club with nearly 120 kids participating.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin recently attended a Youth Field
Day hosted by Hunting Hills in Greene County, which was attended by
nearly 150 youth and adults.

Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh said that two
youth field days were held in July; one at the Indian Creek Valley
Sportsmen Association grounds and the other at Mammoth Park. “The
total youth participation exceeded 150 kids,” he said.

Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh said a group of
individuals recently were cited in the Casparis area for camping,
possession of a controlled substance and illegal ATV use on

Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh recently received
a bizarre call about a hawk with its foot stuck inside the mouth of
a snapping turtle. “A passer-by was able to free the hawk before I
arrived on scene, but at last report, both the hawk and the turtle
were doing fine,” he said.

Greene County WCO Randy Crago said an experimental airship crashed
on SGL 179 in Greene County. “The airship, operated by Lockheed
Martin, encountered a problem during the test flight, so the
company decided to bring it down in a remote area,” he said. The
airship crashed onto a wooded hillside on SGL 179 about one-quarter
of a mile off the road. Nobody on the ground was injured by the
un-manned airship. “A beaver pond next to the roadway along with
the steep terrain of the area made recovery efforts a little more
difficult for Lockheed Martin. There was not any danger of toxic
substances being released into the environment and the company was
able to remove the airship with minimal impact after several days’

Somerset County WCO Brian Witherite said the New Baltimore
Sportsmen Club hosted its annual Youth Field Day event, and 113
kids attended.

Washington County WCO Dan Sitler cited an individual for dumping
debris on cooperative property enrolled in the agency’s Hunter
Access Program. A neighbor of the property wrote down the license
plate and reported the information to the Game Commission. The
individual then reported the information to the State Police,
because the person had dumped debris out of a pickup truck on his
private (posted) ground. Upon investigating, the person responsible
for the unlawful dumping confessed.

Washington County WCO Dan Sitler recently filed several citations
on individuals for regulation violations on Hunter Access Program

Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas currently is investigating
night-time shooting near Norwin High School in North Huntingdon
Township. The most recent event included a white-tailed deer shot
within the safety zone of the school and surrounding houses. Anyone
with information is asked to call the Southwest Region Office at


Clearfield County WCO David L. Stewart said Pennsylvania Wildlife
Habitat Unlimited will host 25 junior pheasant hunters on Oct. 8.
The junior hunters will be randomly drawn from the applications


Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that several raccoons
tested positive for rabies over the last few weeks in his district.
“Most of the incidents involved sick raccoons approaching dogs that
where tied in backyards of homes,” he said.

Juniata/Mifflin/Perry/Snyder Counties LMGS Steven Bernardi received
a report that someone had dumped several barrels of garbage over a
bank and into a small mountain stream adjacent to SGL 107 in
Juniata County. Snyder County WCO Harold Malehorn contacted the
person responsible and during the investigation discovered there
were warrants out for his arrest in Cumberland County.

Snyder County WCO Harold Malehorn prosecuted two individuals for
camping on game lands and one for dumping a large truck load of
garbage on property open to hunting.

Huntingdon County WCO Richard O. Danley Jr. recently cited a group
of people who were camping on a game land.

Huntingdon County WCO Richard O. Danley Jr. assisted in removing a
13-month-old deer from a residence. “The deer was taken from the
wild and had been living in the home for more than one year,” he

Huntingdon County WCO Richard O. Danley Jr. reports that illegal
ATV activity has been increasing on area game lands and patrols
will be increased.

Fulton County WCO Kevin L. Mountz currently is investigating a
Maryland subject that has two driver’s licenses; one for Maryland
and one for Pennsylvania. “This individual currently is purchasing
both resident Maryland and Pennsylvania hunting licenses,” he

Franklin County WCO Justin Klugh investigated cases of people
unlawfully possessing wildlife taken from the wild.

Blair County WCO A.G. Zellner said four more bears were trapped and
tagged for research in Dry Run and Maple Hollow. “The largest was
510 pounds, and the smallest was 150 pounds,” he said.

Blair County WCO A.G. Zellner darted and moved a sow and two small
cubs from the Claysburg area after they became a nuisance. The
bears were relocated to the lower end of Bedford County.

Adams County WCO Darren J. David said a man recently pleaded guilty
to a hunting-under-the-influence charge from an incident last
December in which he fell out of a treestand. He had a high
blood-alcohol content. The judge sentenced him to a $200 fine with

Adams County WCO Darren J. David said two Waynesboro men are facing
a total of 11 charges each for violating multiple sections of the
Crimes Code and Game and Wildlife Code in connection with an
incident last November where a deer was jack-lighted from a vehicle
and a loaded semi-automatic rifle thrown out the window soon

Adams County WCO Darren J. David recently apprehended a man in the
Michaux State Forest for possessing multiple potted marijuana
plants. Felony charges are pending.

York County WCO Greg Graham cited several individuals for operating
motor vehicles on Hunter Access property. “Illegal dumping of yard
waste, household items and building materials has been rampant.
Surveillance is being done regularly, including the use of
electronics, to apprehend the violators.”

York County WCO Greg Graham said several prosecutions for
controlled substance possession on Hunter Access properties have
been made.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich said drug-related offenses
continue to be active on game land during the summer. “Recently,
charges were filed on four individuals for use/possession of drug
paraphernalia on SGL 170,” he said.

Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich said a raccoon in the Boiling
Springs area tested positive for rabies. “Jay Tisserand was alerted
by a neighbor that a raccoon appeared from nowhere and was
attacking her dog,” he said. “His quick reaction to euthanize the
raccoon and preserve the specimen for testing allowed for quick
results and proper follow on action to be taken with the dog and
its owners.”

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan said that nuisance raccoon
calls are on the rise and people are reporting seeing many at one
time on their properties.


Bradford County WCO Vernon Perry, currently is following up on
cases from the past deer season. Court cases are scheduled for
several violations.

Luzerne County WCO David P. Allen received numerous complaints
about shots at night in the Sugarloaf and Black Creek township
areas. Anyone with any information should call the Northeast Region
Office at 570-675-1143.

Montour/Northumberland County WCO Rick A. Deiterich said a Milton
pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his setting of live traps
to catch animals raiding his garden and sheds. “While setting the
live traps isn’t the problem, what got this man in trouble was the
fact he left the animal in the trap all day long in direct sunlight
with high humidity and 90+ degree temperatures until it died,” he
said. “The individual even admitted to seeing the animal in the
trap at 5 a.m. and did nothing about it.”

Montour/Northumberland County WCO Rick A. Deiterich cited a
Bloomsburg man for live trapping in his yard. “The problem was that
he was shooting the animals with a pellet gun and leaving them in
the trap in full view of all the neighbors,” he said.

Bradford/Susquehanna Counties LMGS Richard J. Lupinsky Sr. said
sportsmen have noticed different colored ribbons on some of the
SGLs. “There is significant 3-D seismic activity going on to
document existing natural gas fields within the SGLs,” he said. The
ribbons will be removed after the completion of this activity by
the seismic vendors.


Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier said three individuals pleaded
guilty to charges of shooting in a manner that could cause injury
to persons or property on SGL 280. They were actually firing
randomly across the entrance to an SGL parking lot and into a
wooded area.

Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports that two adult bald eagles
were killed, most likely by trains, near the Dauphin/Lancaster
county border. “One was killed immediately; the other had to be
euthanized when a wildlife rehabilitator was unable to save it,” he

Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek has been assisting with the
ninth Atlantic Flyway Mid-Summer Mute Swan Survey.

Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek assisted with the banding of
peregrine falcon chicks in his district.

Schuylkill County WCO Will Dingman received more bear complaints
than normal throughout the summer.

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