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Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – April 24th, 2015

From the Game Commission

• Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that a Conneautville area man was found guilty of charges he faced for his part in a poaching spree that occurred in 2014. The individual was assessed $4,600, plus court costs for aiding in the taking of a trophy-class buck and processing another deer.
• Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports an Erie County woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to take an antlerless deer without a license. She fired multiple shots at a deer for her boyfriend to tag as wildlife conservation officers approached her to conduct a standard field check.
• Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro reports recent guilty pleas by a hunter who was apprehended and charged for hunting without a license twice within a week during the firearms deer season. An active arrest warrant is out on the same individual for an illegal deer that was killed while hunting without a license.
• Jefferson County WCO Michael A. Girosky reports that an individual pleaded guilty to hunting over bait and was found guilty of hunting through the use of a semi-automatic pistol and spotlighting while in possession of a firearm.
• Mercer County WCO Patrick L. Cull reports increased ATV activity on Hunter Access properties.
• Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that citations have been filed against an individual who caught a gray fox in one of two unlawful traps set after the close of season.
• Warren County WCO David W. Donachy reports the misguided efforts at winter feeding resulted in the death of at least one deer and one turkey. In different locations people had dumped corn along busy roads, and the animals were struck by cars while eating.
• Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS George J. Miller reports the most-common violation he encountered this past hunting season was for loaded firearms in vehicles. During a recent hearing, the defendant couldn’t quite understand why his gun was considered loaded with only having rounds in the magazine. Miller then asked him if he knew the phrase most often quoted when someone shoots themselves or someone else: “I didn’t know the gun was loaded.” Miller thinks he finally got it.

From the Game Commission

• Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports increased surveillance and patrols on State Game Land 183 resulted in several citations being filed for littering and driving on roads to vehicle travel.
• Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports he distributed $750 in reward money to three people for their information that led to the prosecution of individuals who shot four deer illegally this past deer hunting season. “Without the callers providing the information, these violators would not have been brought to justice,” said Kropa.  
• Bradford County WCO Blake Barth reports citing an individual who was driving in an area of state game lands that is posted against motorized vehicle travel. 
• Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich reports a Bloomsburg man was issued a warning for failure to obtain a permit to keep a road-killed deer. “Permits are free to Pennsylvania residents who wish to consume a road-killed deer, and all they have to do is call their regional office to obtain one,” said Deiterich.  
• Wayne County WCO Frank Dooley reports that he cited a man for killing deer in closed season and claiming the deer were injured due to being struck by vehicles. At the conclusion of the investigation, the facts proved the deer were not injured by vehicles. Charges were field for killing wildlife in closed season. The subject faces loss of hunting privileges and fines and costs of $1,600. 
• Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports that two individuals were cited and pleaded guilty to multiple charges involving three bucks that were unlawfully taken during the past rifle hunting season in Bradford County. The deer were killed in a baited area, one of the hunters bought a license without ever taking the mandatory Hunter-Trapper Education class, and the other hunter previously killed a 10-point buck in archery season. The two men paid close to $6,000 in fines and forfeited several pounds of processed venison. Five mounted bucks from prior illegal kills, and the mounts from all three bucks taken this past year, were confiscated.  
• Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea received information from a local police department that led to citations being issued to a snowmobile operator. The individual was found unlawfully operating his snowmobile on public access property.
• Bradford County WCO Michael Goodenow Jr. reports citing an individual for leaving a foot-hold trap set beyond the close of the trapping season, and warning another person for possessing a resident Pennsylvania hunting license that he was not lawfully entitled to possess.
• Bradford County WCO Eric Kelly reports that multiple charges are pending against two individuals who were trapping without licenses and who left traps set after the close of season.
• Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy reports that a Waymart man was found guilty in district court for road hunting and the unlawful taking of a white-tailed deer. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Yarnes Road during the last day of the regular firearms deer season. “While the man had a permit to use his vehicle as a blind, it does not give the holder permission to drive around looking for deer and shoot them from the vehicle,” said McCarthy. The man was sentenced to pay $1,000 in fines and faces the loss of his Pennsylvania hunting privileges.  
• Susquehanna County WCO Ben Rebuck reports responding to several incidents involving dogs chasing deer. “The law requires that you maintain control over your dogs at all times and the dog’s owner is liable for any damages incurred while the dog is not restrained,” said Rebuck.  

From the Game Commission

• Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier reports that an individual from Hamburg has been charged with possession of a road-killed deer without obtaining a permit and dumping the butchered remains and other household trash along the Schuylkill River. 
• Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek cited individuals for littering and unauthorized vehicle usage on State Game Land 156. He is also investigating an individual for trespassing, dumping and failure to lawfully dispose of game or wildlife.                        
• Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that, during the past month, he has been in court at least once a week for multiple hearings. A defense attorney was present at each hearing.  
• Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports guilty pleas were made on multiple citations of deer poaching in the Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Haven areas resulting in over $3,000 in fines.

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