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Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – May 22nd, 2015

From the Game Commission 

• Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark is investigating a bear cub that an individual picked up from their backyard. He reports having trouble locating the individual who supposedly has the cub. 
• Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports is seeking information relative to an incident that occurred between April 24-28. During that time, someone threw several deer heads, hides and boned-out carcasses into a small stream along Mays Road south of Richardsville. The deer carcasses had been butchered.
• Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that there have been problems with littering and other violations related to “partying” along the Reed’s Furnace Road corridor that cuts through State Game Land 130. 
• Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride received a report of a raccoon in a trap after the close of trapping season. The trap was determined to be an illegal set and the raccoon was dead. The investigation is ongoing.

From the Game Commission

• Fayette County WCO Doug Bergman reports that charges are being filed against a Dunbar man who transported and dumped household garbage onto state game lands, then burned the items. 
• Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports that an individual was charged with two counts of unlawful killing of big game and two counts of hunting without a license after he was found using WMU 2B tags on two deer he killed in WMU 2A.
• Greene County WCO Amanda Powell is investigating several individuals who have been dumping garbage on SGL  223.
• Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron said citations have been filed for violations at public shooting ranges. 
• Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that two individuals were apprehended on State Game Land 111 while riding an ATV. The individuals also were in possession of alcohol along with having no registration or insurance on the vehicle. Both individuals also failed to wear a helmet as required by law. 
• Westmoreland County WCO Michael J. Papinchak reports that, with the help of State Police, there is on ongoing investigation into individuals who were illegally hunting groundhogs. They claimed to be shooting nuisance animals. 

From the Fish & Boat Commission

• Fish & Boat Commission WCO Eric Davis and Donegal Township Police responded to a local landowner complaint of trespassing and vandalism on Fish and Boat Commission property at Dutch Fork Lake on March 21. Officers arrived to find a gate support post damaged and multiple vehicles trespassing on the back side of the Hicks Road access to the lake. Multiple individuals were identified, and an investigation is ongoing with charges pending.

From the Game Commission

• Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that a Clearfield man has pleaded guilty to a charge of disturbing wildlife. The case originated on a social media website and depicted the defendant operating his vehicle while chasing an elk down a snow-covered road in the Mosh­an­non State Forest. He was fined $1,000.
• McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik reports that he came upon an underage drinking party on a Collins Pine property located in Moody Hollow in Eldred Township. Approximately 30 people were drinking near an open fire and nearly half of them scattered into the woods when they saw the state vehicle. Seven people were cited for various offenses. 
• Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray reports that an individual was charged and pleaded guilty for intentionally driving off of the road and killing a skunk with his vehicle.
• Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray reports that an individual was charged and pleaded guilty for late spotlighting and for possessing a bow and arrows in his vehicle while spotlighting.
• Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports that several citations have been filed recently for the unlawful use of ATVs and UTVs on state game lands and public access cooperator properties.
• McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble reports that citations have been issued for three individuals riding ATVs on cooperator property in Eldred Township, McKean County. 
• Potter County WCO William Ragosta  prosecuted an individual for multiple trapping violations. Investigations continue into two unlicensed turkey hunters, one of whom has had his hunting privileges revoked as the result of other violations.
• Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports that an individual was cited for digging leeks on state game lands.
• Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports multiple deer carcasses were illegally dumped along Creek Road in Castanea Township. 

From the Game Commission

• Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman said drug charges will be filed against three Fayetteville residents who were found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
• Franklin County WCO Douglas Barrick reports that one individual was charged with littering after the carcass of the deer he killed was found on another’s property – the hunter’s tag still attached to the ear of the deer. 
• Blair County WCO Bill Brehun reports that a Tyrone resident pleaded guilty after being charged for littering behind Smith Transport trucking company.
Adams County WCO Darren David reports that several investigations are underway. One involves a live deer fawn taken from the wild last year, and kept in someone’s home before being released weeks later. The deer, a yearling buck, had lost its fear of humans. If it had not died over the winter, it might have represented a serious danger to the public during the fall rut. In another case, teenage boys allegedly destroyed a goose nest by stomping on it, and in another trash was dumped on the Michaux State Forest.  
• Franklin County WCO Eric Anderson reported that a Greencastle man is facing charges for trapping after the close of the season and unlawful taking of raccoons.  
• Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that two deer were poached from a residence that had salt and corn placed so the person could shoot from the house. A search warrant was obtained and evidence from the incident was seized.
• York County WCO Kyle Jury reported that, in the northern York County area charges have been filed stemming from a search warrant served in the Dillsburg area. The warrant involved a local taxidermy shop. Charges filed include alleged game and wildlife violations and criminal violations. Not all charges from the Carroll Township case have been adjudicated at this time.      
• Perry County WCO Kevin Anderson reported that a Perry County man recently pleaded guilty to hunting under the influence. The man was encountered during a foot patrol in October 2014 and consented to a blood test after failing field sobriety tests. A forensic blood test determined his blood-alcohol level was 0.128 percent. He was ordered to pay $1,500 in fines, serve a six-month probation, and pay for the cost of the blood test.
• Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh filed a citation on an individual for littering after  workers found trash dumped in a parking lot on State Game Land 128.
• York County WCO Steve Knickel reports that two individuals recently pleaded guilty to more than 30 charges relating to the killing and taking of various game and non-game animals through bait, traps, BB guns, and other unlawful devices. Animals included, but were not limited to, songbirds, squirrels, deer, and a red-tailed hawk.
• Snyder County WCO Harold Malehorn filed citations against two individuals for dumping garbage. One incident occurred on State Game Land 188 and the other was on private property. Each defendant faces a minimum $250 fine.
• Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich reports there have been five recent cases of unlawful off-road vehicle activity on a local hunter access property, despite efforts by the landowner to block trails and deter unwanted vehicles.
• Bedford County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto reports a Six Mile Run resident was found guilty of being in possession of five deer over the limit and an illegally taken bobcat. This individual is facing a fine of $10,000 and loss of license for up to 15 years.

From the Game Commission

• Bradford County WCO Eric Kelly reports charges are pending against an individual after a search revealed that he was in possession of an illegal bobcat and eight green pelts.
• Bradford County WCO Blake Barth reports citing an individual for possessing, transporting, and drinking alcoholic beverages on State Game Land 289. He was also fishing without a fishing license. 
• Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich reports an individual was cited and pleaded guilty to killing a black bear. The man had piles of garbage and discarded food items on the open ground near his house and he was warned previously about cleaning up the area to discourage attracting bears. The man shot at the 75-pound bear nine times with a handgun. It was determined that the bear posed no threat to his safety.   
• Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley reports a New York man pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of a black bear, two deer in baited areas, hunting in baited areas, and possession of protected birds. The fines and costs totaled $3,500, and he will lose his Pennsylvania hunting-license privileges for seven years.
• Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea recently charged a Blakeslee man with multiple counts of drug possession and several game-law violations stemming from an incident that took place during the 2014 archery season. The individual is alleged to have killed three antlered during the 2014-15 hunting season.
• Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner  is looking for the individuals responsible for leaving four live explosive targets on the shotgun and rifle range on SGL 300.
• Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan is seeking anyone who may have information on an osprey that was found critically injured near Boy Scout Camp Brule in Elkland Township, Sullivan County. Game Commission Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Michael Scott reports the bird was seen by camp personnel around noon on April 30 and appeared injured. The osprey suffered from a gunshot wound to the chest and had to be euthanized. An examination revealed that the bird was shot with a small caliber bullet.         

From the Game Commission

• Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier reports that an individual pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a road-killed deer and illegally dumping the cut-up parts, plastic bags, gloves and other debris along a road.
• Bucks County WCO Ellyn Henry reports a man shot a 7-point buck during the late season without the proper license and without tagging the deer. The defendant pleaded guilty to both charges.
• Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel reports that two men called the dispatch center to report an injured immature bald eagle. They worked for Norfolk Southern and while they were working on the rail line at the end of Susquehannock Drive in Drumore Township along the Susquehanna River, they saw the eagle was not able to fly. The injured bird was transported to Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, Del., for treatment.
• Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that, after receiving a tip, he and Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser were able to locate a convicted felon who was not permitted to possess a firearm, and who was hunting the first day of spring gobbler season on SGL 211. Charges have been filed.    
• Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Tyler Kreider reports that on April 15, a marked state vehicle tire was intentionally stabbed with a folding knife blade, causing it to go flat. Local police have been made aware of the incident and a report was filed with Pennsylvania State Police. 
• Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that three dead bald eagles have been recovered in March. One died after a collision with a guy wire, another was struck by a car and the third died from unknown causes. 
• Schuylkill County WCO Joel Gibble responded to an incident on state game lands in Lebanon County. He found two men cutting firewood next to a game lands parking lot. Charges have been filed.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

• In Northampton County, while conducting a special enforcement detail along the Lehigh Canal recently, Sgt. Jeff Sabo and WCO Richard Daniels apprehended an individual who was illegally taking frogs from the canal. Daniels observed the man capturing the frogs and putting them in a bag. The male subject, a resident of New York City, did not have a fishing license as required and was in possession of several bullfrogs and northern green frogs, which are not in season. The individual was issued citations totaling over $400.
• Officers conducted a weekend enforcement detail at Marsh Creek Lake, Chester County, in mid-April for boating safety violations. Officers issued a total of 117 warnings and 51 citations during the two days, with nearly 40 of the citations being for PFD violations. 
• Bucks County/Philadelphia – With the increase in striped bass fishing activity in recent weeks, WCO Erin Czech has apprehended five individuals, including one individual that she apprehended twice, for possessing and using river herring as bait. The first three anglers were caught thanks to employees of a local business located along the river who contacted the PF&BC to report the violations they observed and provide detailed information on the location and descriptions of the subjects involved. The subjects were apprehended and cited. 

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