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Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – August 28th, 2014

NORTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

• Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports that interviews have been held in Butler County regarding the unlawful taking of wildlife. These interviews stem from investigations that were initiated in other parts of the state.
• Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports that two Knox residents were stopped for operating ATVs on State Game Land 63. They were also found not to have valid insurance or updated registration, and they failed to wear the required safety helmet.
• Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro  completed an investigation from the past goose hunting season which involved three college students hunting together near Edinboro University. After shooting their daily limit of five geese, a friend was called to take the geese from the area; after which the group harvested five more geese. Eventually, the three hunters pleaded guilty to a total of 12 citations for taking/possessing wildlife over the legal limit.
• Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman recently cited two local individuals for killing a turkey and a porcupine (closed season) and dumping them in another person’s yard, and for killing or attempting to kill two geese several days later.
• Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports that ATV riders on Game Commission-controlled land have continued to be a problem. Citations have been issued this month for operating ATVs, as well as for failing to stop.
• Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that a summer afternoon of “exploring” State Game Lands 130 proved costly for a Greenville man. The 19-year-old was nearly 2 miles beyond a gate on a road that is “Closed to Motor Vehicles” when he turned up a rather steep grassy trail. Unable to continue, he tried backing down and that’s when his car slid off into a deep ditch and became stuck. A wrecker was required to remove the vehicle and that compounded his pending financial responsibilities. The grassy trail was a recently seeded linear food plot and the recent heavy rains had saturated the topsoil. So, with the four-wheel-drive wrecker taking multiple attempts to back up the hill to the vehicle and then having to drag the car out; there was considerable damage done to the surface. The estimate for restoration and reseeding the area was nearly $500. Fines and costs on the two citations filed, along with restitution for damages, plus $200 for the wrecker bill made this off-road trip cost over $1,000.
• Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin recently found two youths (brothers ages 14 and 15) hunting groundhogs unaccompanied on a neighbor’s farm. The younger boy wasn’t wearing an orange hat, the older boy had a .22 semi-automatic rifle, and neither had their hunting license with them. It turned out their father was at home and knew they went out with the firearms. The family had moved to Pennsylvania less than two years ago, and the boys (and dad) had attended a Hunter-Trapper Education class last summer. All were aware of the requirement for adult accompaniment of young hunters, the restriction on hunting with a semi-automatic rifle, and the wearing of orange. Multiple citations were filed charging the father as the person responsible for the boys’ violations.
• Warren County WCO David W. Donachy reports summer parties are a problem on Hunter Access properties in the area. Debris from large fires and litter remain after the parties. Landowners are considering posting their properties.

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

• Bradford County WCO Philip Kasper filed charges related to an incident where several dogs chased and killed a white-tailed deer fawn in Herrick Township.
• Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley reports conducting two investigations into large bears that were illegally shot during the early summer months. One of the bears was killed by a man who was recently released from prison and is restricted from possessing firearms.
• Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral, along with several deputies, recently conducted a weekend enforcement detail on State Game Land 57 that resulted in numerous violations being encountered. Citations were filed for possession of alcohol, camping, and operating unregistered or unlicensed vehicles on the game lands.
• Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley cited an individual for drinking alcohol on game lands. Kelley also has received complaints of late spotlighting in Delaware Township, Northumberland County. 
• Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports illegal activities are up on state game lands in Pike County with over 40 citations filed since Memorial Day. Illegal activities include ATVs, fireworks, littering, disorderly conduct, alcohol and drug possession, and shooting-range violations.                      
• Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy said a Lake Ariel man was found guilty in district court of allowing his dog to injure or kill a white-tailed deer. The charge stems from an incident inside the Hideout community where the man’s dog attacked an adult female deer, causing severe injuries to the deer. The deer had to be put down as a result of those injuries. The man was ordered to pay over $1,000 in fines and replacement costs.
• Pike County WCO Kirk Miller said two individuals were found guilty of attempting to take a turkey during the spring gobbler season by use of a motorized vehicle. One individual was also charged with shooting from the roadway and the use of unlawful ammunition. 
• Lackawanna County WCO Kevin Moran reports that an individual has been cited for discharging a rifle at a rifle range while other individuals were down range checking targets.  
• Lackawanna County WCO Kevin Moran said there have been several reports of individuals operating a silver Dodge Charger or similar looking vehicle, shooting at deer and turkeys in the Aston Mountain area of Spring Brook Township in the early morning hours. Anyone with information is asked to call the Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143.
• Lackawanna County DWCO Robert Krukovitz apprehended a Lackawanna County resident who attempted to flee while illegally operating an ATV. The defendant was charged with multiple violations and could face over $2,400 in fines and possible prison time.
• Monroe County Officer Bryan Mowrer said an individual is under investigation for three different dumping cases occurring over a five-month period involving more than 60 bags of trash dumped on Cooperative Agreement property in different parts of Monroe County.

SOUTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

• Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier said charges will be filed against individuals in a game lands parking lot who had left litter.
• Berks County WCO Eric Anderson reports that a man was cited at Lake Ontalaunee for possession of a controlled substance, fishing with out a license and littering.
• Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports that after a yearlong multi-agency investigation, a trucking company paid the Game Commission for over $7,000 of damage to wildlife resulting from an oil spill in Harrisburg. This is in addition to settlements and damages paid to other environmental agencies as well.
• Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek cited an individual for taking small game out of season.
• Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek cited two individuals for unlawfully causing damage to state game lands. The individuals paid fines of $100 in addition to the cost of the damages.
• Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reports that over a 30 workday period when officers were available to patrol an area in Lehigh County known as the Bake Oven Knob, there were 78 citations filed and 87 warnings issued to individuals, totaling 165 violations. Most of those violations resulted from possessing, consuming and/or transporting alcohol and/or controlled substances on state game lands.
• Lehigh/Northampton County WCO Shawna Burkett said new security cameras were recently installed by Allentown City at a local township park, which is also enrolled in the PGC Safety Zone Cooperative program. The cameras were installed to deter illegal dumping and other vandalism in the area.
• Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider recently submitted three specimens (two raccoons and a bat) for rabies testing. All three were handled by the general public.

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