Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – May 24th, 2013
• Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik reports he got a call from the Adams Township police department about a vehicle towed from the scene of an accident. When investigating the accident the patrolman found two dead deer and a dead raccoon in the back seat of the car. After investigating the report, Pilarcik found that the deer and raccoon were road-kills the driver had picked up prior to the accident.
• Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that an antlerless deer was reported injured along a dirt road in the Lucinda area, Clarion County. Upon arrival at the scene, vultures were observed feeding on the animal. After dispatching the deer, an investigation was conducted to find out the reason for the injury. A small caliber bullet was discovered in the spine of the deer along with vehicle tracks leading up to the deer. Anyone with information is asked to call the Northwest Regional Office at 814-432-3187.
• Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that a case going back to the 2011 rifle deer season was recently completed and resulted in guilty pleas by a father and son to knowingly assisting in taking over the limit of big game and taking over the limit of big game. While hunting for deer in WMU 2D, the son killed his second antlered deer of the season, a one antlered three point. The deer lacked a brow tine, but would have been a legal deer in WMU 2D because of the newly enacted “three-up” rule. The two were not aware of the “three-up” rule, so when the father tagged the deer with his unused antlered deer tag, he filled out his tag with false information in an attempt to make it appear as though the deer was actually killed in WMU 2F.
• Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman finished a case where three dirt bike riders were riding on lands enrolled in the commission’s hunter access property. The individual in charge of the other two thought he had permission to ride on the property, but when they fled from the officer, their credibility was in doubt.
• Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder reports citations have been filed for various violations including traps left set after the close of the season, fires on property where prohibited, and illegal operation of ATVs on lands closed to such motorized travel.
• Clarion/Jefferson County LMGS George J. Miller reports that a case from the 2011 rifle deer season was recently resolved with ballistic evidence provided by the State Police Crime Lab in Erie. A father and son pleaded guilty to charges relating to the son taking a second antlered deer and the father aiding in the take and concealment of that illegal deer. Miller stated “without the condemning ballistic evidence, this case may not have been solved.”
• Tioga County WCO Rodney Mee reports that three Summary 1 citations for the illegal over bag limit kills of spring turkey were filed on Cody Gower as a result of a search executed in September of 2012. Mee reported that the evidence of the kills were found on a seized cellphone as well as the possession of several turkey beards. Gower faces $3,000 to $4,500 in fines and up to nine years revocation if convicted. Mee reported that Gower still has pending misdemeanor charges for killing eight deer during the summer of 2012. Sentencing for the deer charges are scheduled for disposition in July.
• Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs said that on April 24 a Tioga County man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an incident that occurred Dec. 4, 2012. The defendant shot and killed a deer from a vehicle along Roaring Branch Road in Jackson Township, Lycoming County. Magisterial District Judge James Sortman, of Williamsport, accepted the defendant’s plea and ordered the man to pay $1,200 in fines. The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful devices and methods and one count of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife.
• WCO Dan Murray, Northern Centre and Western Clinton counties, recently assisted state troopers from Centre and Clinton counties locate and apprehend an active shooting suspect in Beech Creek Township, Clinton County.
Lackawanna County WCO Kevin Moran reports that due to a call coming in from the TIP hotline, he was able to cite a man for using a vehicle to locate game or wildlife.
• Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports that a father was cited during the youth spring gobbler hunt for not tagging his son’s gobbler.
• Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that the bald eagle nest in Plymouth is active again this year. At least two eaglets (possibly a third) have been observed in the nest, but with the trees quickly leafing, out it’s becoming difficult to keep an eye on the young.
• Pike County WCO Mark Kropa reports two men from the Bronx, N.Y., were recently cited for possession of alcohol and littering at the SGL 183 shooting range. They face fines of up to $200.
• Pike County WCO Kirk Miller reports a man from Milford was cited for using buckshot on the SGL 183 shooting range and could receive a fine up to $200.
• Lackawanna County WCO Aaron Morrow reports that ATV use on lands closed to such travel is on the rise. Charges have been filed against 13 individuals for operating ATVs on the Lackawanna County Nature Conservancy with each defendant facing fines up to $200.
• Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports that individuals have been cited for dumping trash on state game lands. One of these cases involved a large site which cost the PGC a large sum of money to clean up. Maximum penalties are being sought in this case.
• Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports a county resident reported hearing a shot one evening and finding a dead deer the following morning, but did not contact the PGC until roughly a week later, when another shot was fired. During the investigation, which is ongoing, it was learned that spotlighting and night shooting were witnessed by residents in the area up to two weeks before the only phone call was placed.
• Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns reports that off road vehicles on hunter access cooperative properties continue to be a problem. “Patrolling the areas is a challenge because of the recklessness of the operators of these illegal machines,” he said.
• Cambria County WCO Seth Mesoras reports that the change in the weather has brought an increase in illegal ATV activity. Three individuals were cited during a recent ATV patrol for riding on cooperator property without permission.
• Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that several illegal dumping cases have been adjudicated over the last month with several more awaiting pleas.
• Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that an individual was apprehended on the first day of turkey season hunting over a baited area. The area was baited with cracked corn, commercial feed and bird seed.
• Fayette/Westmoreland Counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that several off-road vehicles were apprehended in the Casparis area of State Game Land 51 operating in closed areas. These areas will continue to be strictly enforced.
• Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports that four individuals were recently apprehended and charged with using bait to attract turkeys the first day of the spring gobbler season. In addition to those charges, one of the individuals was charged with hunting with an unplugged shotgun.
• Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports that over the past few weeks several individuals have been cited for dumping trash on lands open to public hunting. “The cost of placing these items in the garbage or taking them to the landfill is much less than the hundreds or potentially thousands of dollars an individual could face if they are caught dumping them on lands open to hunting,” he said.
• Washington County WCO Dan Sitler reports that a poaching case involving five juveniles was recently closed. The case stemmed from a report of shooting from a truck at night in November. A lengthy investigation to include several interviews and a search warrant ensued and charges were filed with the juvenile court. These charges included several misdemeanor and misdemeanor of the first degree for the killing of multiple deer. In all, there were 21 charges for the five juveniles. These charges were for the illegal killing and attempt to kill several deer over a two- night “kill for thrill” spree. Probation, revocation, and costs were assessed for all actors in the case.
• Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas reports several citations have been filed in recent months for unlawful possession of live wildlife by several individuals. Not only is it unlawful, but possession of these animals presents risks of exposure to possible infectious diseases and bacteria. Each individual faces fines of $100-200 per animal.
• Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas reports increased ATV, dirt bike and off- road vehicle traffic has picked up in recent weeks on SGL 296.
• Westmoreland County WCO Brian Singer reports a prior case involving two individuals whom were shooting at raccoons through a safety zone and ultimately shot rounds over the heads and within feet of two WCOs and a township police officer was recently adjudicated. The reckless behavior cost the defendants well over $1,000 each with loss of hunting privileges and loss of firearms. The defendants pleaded guilty to one count each of shooting at human beings, unlawful take of a raccoon, and shooting through a safety zone.
• York County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports one individual was charged for hunting without a license and possessing an unplugged shotgun the first day of spring gobbler season.
• Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh cited an individual for the possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle on SGL 53 prior to the opening of spring gobbler season.
• York County WCO Steven Knickel reports that five individuals were encountered on SGL 242 shooting range utilizing the range although none were in possession of valid shooting range permits or hunting licenses. The individuals were also in possession of alcohol, with three of the individuals drinking and shooting concurrently. Thirteen citations and 14 warnings were issued.
• Snyder County WCO Harold Malehorn closed cases in which an individual shot a deer in a closed season, an individual attempted to take over the limit of deer in deer season, and a fisherman left his garbage behind after fishing.
• York County WCO Shawn Musser reports he had a defendant plead guilty to charges filed from an archery season investigation. The individual was hunting with a rifle during archery season and did not have a hunting license. The two citations cost him $1,250 in fines and will result in loss of his hunting license for about three years.
• Bucks County WCO John Papson reports one citation was issued for an individual who had a loaded gun leaning on his truck and several warnings given during the turkey season.
• Bucks County WCO John Papson reports that an investigation into the sale of exotic animals is continuing.
• Chester County WCO Scott Frederick and Berks County WCO Eric Anderson conducted a foot patrol on SGL 43 on a Sunday afternoon that resulted in catching three young adults littering and being in possession of marijuana and alcohol on state game lands. Charges are pending.
• Chester County WCO Scott Frederick reports that deputies have been conducting daily patrols and surveillance of a new bald eagle nest north of Downingtown Borough.
• Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that charges are pending on several individuals who dumped household items and lawn debris on SGL 46. “One case was reported by a passerby who witnessed the dumping and made a timely report,” he said.
• Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that multiple cases have recently been completed stemming from incidents that occurred during the 2012 deer season. One case included multiple citations for killing big game during a closed season, hunting with an unlawful weapon and possessing another untagged deer. Another case involving the unlawful selling of wildlife was also completed. In each case, the total costs for the defendants were over $1,000 in fines.
• Schuylkill County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that DWCOs Dave Yusella and Dave Fidler recently found several trash bags and boxes deposited on Schuylkill Haven Water Authority co-op property. After searching in the bags they where able to find information that lead them to an individual from Frackville. After an interview with the individual, he confessed to transporting it to the property and dumping it there. The individual was cited for littering and later pleaded guilty.