Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – July 5th, 2013
• Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that charges have been filed on a Cranberry man for littering and restrictions on vehicles on lands open to hunting and furtaking where penalties could exceed $300 and an additional $10 per item.
• Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that charges will be filed by the PGC against a local man relative to damage to property, driving on fields, and litter after he admitted using his SUV to tear up the entranceway at the former Ross Leffler Training School site near Brockway. Other grassy areas near the parking area where the former school was located were also damaged. Related charges for running over a PennDOT road sign, trespassing, and driving in and doing damage to a farm field on private property are also pending.
• Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that a red fox pup was taken from a local family who illegally kept it as a pet for about three weeks. Supposedly it wandered into their yard, so they “rescued it,” and then as the mom stated “My daughter fell in love with it.” Only when it started acting “sick” did they contact the PGC. They were treating this sickly fox pup with drugstore skin creams for what appeared to be mange. The teenage girl, who frequently held the fox, had developed a rash that her doctor couldn’t specifically diagnose. It was suggested that the doctor be informed that she had repeated direct contact / exposure to this possibly mangy fox. The fox was submitted for rabies testing and the results were “negative.” Charges will be filed.
• Mercer County WCO Lawrence R. Hergenroeder reports a 268-pound black bear was caught and removed from the Grove City area. The bear made himself at home damaging several bird feeders in the area. The bear was relocated to Forest County.
• Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber reports an increase in ATV activity on properties and in areas where it is prohibited.
• Warren County WCO Dustin M. Stoner said a Warren County Court sentenced a Corry man to seven days to six months in the Warren County Jail and ordered him to pay $3,100 in fines and costs for the unlawful killing or taking of big game. In addition to the jail sentence and fines, the violation has a mandatory five-year revocation of hunting and trapping privileges.
• Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole said they got a call to get a dead deer out of a vehicle at a tow company. He said the driver of a Chevrolet Blazer hit the deer, the deer came over the hood of the vehicle and came through the windshield coming to rest on the back seat floor. The driver suffered minor injuries.
• WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that an individual was cited and pleaded guilty to dumping three bags of trash on game lands. A concerned sportsman found the bags while hiking and notified the PGC
• McKean County WCO Groshek reports having received over 40 bear complaints during May.
• Potter County WCO Bill Ragosta reports settling a plea arrangement with a man who pleaded guilty to three counts of selling wildlife. He paid a few thousand dollars in fines and was placed on probation, not to mention the likelihood of losing his hunting and trapping privileges for many years.
• Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that he became a celebrity during an encounter that involved a spring turkey hunter using scratch grain to attract turkeys to his permanent blind. This entire event was being filmed by an outdoor television show. The hunter was cited for hunting though the use of bait.
• Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer euthanized a white-tailed deer that escaped from a captive deer facility near the village of Lanse. Local residents of the area indicated that the deer was roaming wild for several weeks. CWD tissue samples were extracted and sent for analysis. Results are pending.
• Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley reports having encountered a late spotlight in the Irish Valley area a recent morning around 3:00 a.m. The vehicle was traveling too fast to be stopped from where he was positioned. Kelley reports this area has been a trouble spot for late spotlighting and other illegal activities. There was an attempted poaching incident in the area last fall in the early morning hours. Anyone with information is asked to call the Northeast Region Office at 570- 675-1143.
• Luzerne County WCO David P. Allen reports increased dumping in the White Haven area. Numerous arrests have been made but problems continue.
• Carbon County WCO Cory Bentzoni reports that individuals have been cited for using the shooting range on State Game Land 141 without a permit or a valid hunting license.
• Carbon County WCO Bentzoni reports that an individual was found guilty of failure to wear fluorescent orange material while hunting and using an ATV on co-op property.
• Columbia County WCO John A. Morack reports that a Montour County man was recently cited for using multiple projectile ammunition (12 gauge “BB” shot), while target shooting at the Pennsylvania Game Commission shooting range on State Game Land 58, Mifflin Township. The fine and costs totaled $170.50.
• Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports successful nesting of bald eagles in Monroe County. Of the three nests monitored through the spring, eight eaglets have fledged.
• Luzerne County WCO Philip White responded to an incident involving the illegal dumping of several 55-gallon drums containing a chemical solvent. The incident occurred on SGL 91, near Meadow Run Road in Bear Creek Township during the early morning hours June 1. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Northeast Regional Office at 570-675-1143.
• Indiana County WCO Patrick Snickles reports citations continue to be written for violations near or at the Allen Bridge area of Two Lick Reservoir. “Some of the surrounding property is state game lands and everything else surrounding the lake is enrolled in the Game Commission’s cooperative hunter access program. These properties are highly abused with full-size vehicle and ATV traffic,” he said.
• Somerset County WCO Nathaniel Kimmel reports illegal ATV activity has been prevalent on hunter access cooperator property. “We will be increasing our law enforcement efforts on these properties this summer. There was a recent incident where another WCO and I attempted to stop a dirt bike on a trail and the rider showed no regard for law enforcement, almost running us over,” he said.
• Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that two individuals were apprehended on Memorial Day weekend on SGL 111 for riding ATVs on a road closed to motorized vehicles.
• Washington County WCO Richard W. Joyce reports illegal ATV operation is increasing. “With the high numbers of gas pipeline rights-of-way in my district, ATV riders see these as great riding locations. Gas line rights-of-way are not open to travel to the public,” he said.
• Washington County WCO Richard W. Joyce reports several sighting of a mature bald eagle on State Game Land 302. If anyone has any information or encounters any nest sites, report your findings to the Southwest Regional Office at 724-238-9523.
• Westmoreland County WCO Michael J. Papinchak reports on a recent fishing- related violation. “When I asked to see a fisherman’s fishing license, the individual went below deck of his cabin cruiser looking for it. He came back onto deck claiming he could not find it. I then asked for ID which he provided,” he said. “As I was recording his information I asked him ‘if I run this are you going to have a license?’” His response was, “You guys have that all electronically don’t you, No I don’t have a license.”
• Westmoreland County WCO Brian Singer reports that a case involving two individuals who shot an antlerless deer from the roadway with a crossbow was recently adjudicated. “The individuals were stopped by officers after they were seen in a vehicle matching the description given by a witness. The crossbow and other firearms were found inside the vehicle and were positioned in a way that would allow the passenger to access the firearm from the front passenger seat,” he said. Circumstantial evidence was instrumental in getting a guilty plea in the case as well as the witness who was willing to testify to what they observed.
• Berks County WCO Eric Anderson reports that during the spring turkey season several hunters had shotguns that were improperly plugged.
• Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier located a vehicle being operated in an area closed to all motor vehicles on SGL 280. “The operator had almost struck some Army Corps park rangers on a trail at Blue Marsh just prior to my stop,” he said. The operator was charged with the game lands violation.
• Bucks County WCO Cassie Zliceski reports that a subject pleaded guilty to unlawful killing or taking of big game and received a $1,000 fine after shooting a white-tailed deer out of season in Bristol. The subject now faces up to 10 years of revocation on his hunting license.
• Chester County WCO Scott Frederick, along with DWCO’s Tom Clifford, Jeff Steen and John Klopp, filed multiple charges against individuals misusing the game lands range at SGL 43. In a separate incident on SGL 43, Klopp and Steen charged four individuals for possession and use of marijuana. One of the four was also charged for providing false information about his identity. Charges are pending.
• Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek is investigating a number of incidents in which people have taken animals from the wild into their homes. Animals taken include squirrels, groundhogs and raccoons. “It is both unlawful and unsafe to take wildlife out of the wild,” he said. “In some cases where human exposure has occurred, I have been obligated to put animals down and have them tested for rabies.”
• Philadelphia/Delaware County WCO Jerrold W. Czech Jr. reports that a fledgling peregrine falcon chick was spotted at the Excelon Energy Corp in Eddystone. The bird was taken to Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware, where Dr. Miller checked it out. “The chick turned out to be fine just needed to be re-nested,” he said. “A volunteer from Tri-State transported the bird and met with me, Dr. Art McMorris, a PGC peregrine falcon biologist and an employee from Excelon. The bird was banded and put back on to the roof top near the nesting site.”