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Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – June 19th, 2015

NORTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission 

• Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro  is investigating the unauthorized destruction of a beaver dam and drainage of approximately 30 acres of wetlands along Williams Road in Hayfield Township. Anyone with information can contact Allegro through the Northwest Region Office at 814-432-3187.
• Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports an increase in illegal dumping on State Game Land 314 in the northwestern portion of Erie County. Investigations have led to suspects in Conneaut, Ohio.
• Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports several violations were uncovered during spring gobbler season. Violations involved the possession of someone else’s license and spring turkey tag while afield, possession of a 2014-15 license year turkey tag after killing a gobbler, failing to tag a turkey, and possession of parts of a turkey that had not been tagged.
• Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports charges have been filed against a man who drove his vehicle down a gated road that was posted “closed to motorized travel.”
• Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports charges have been filed against a man who was found camping on game lands in the bed of his truck, which was converted to a make-shift camper.
• Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports charges have been filed against a man who was found turkey hunting without carrying his license with him. He did not harvest a bird, as he would have had no way to tag it.
• Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that two nuisance bears have been trapped and transferred after routinely getting into a restaurant’s dumpster.
• Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that a wild turkey, which was killed after legal hunting hours, was found on Morrison Hill Road in Deerfield Township. The beard and spurs had been removed and the tail feathers scattered. The investigation is ongoing.
• Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS George J. Miller reports has found evidence of individuals possibly taking more than their legal limit of gobblers. 

SOUTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

• Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that during the first two weeks of spring turkey season, several hunters were caught with untagged turkeys. 
• Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a 260-pound male black bear was recently trapped and relocated. The bear was getting into a dumpster behind the Fawn Township Elementary School causing concern from the school administration. A trap was set behind the school successfully capturing the bear that was later tagged and released in Somerset County. 
• Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports that charges have been filed against several people for riding ATVs and dirt bikes on Hunter Access property in Big Beaver Borough. Even with adequate and often-replaced signage, nearly 20 people have been cited for using the property over the last year.   
• Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports a man was apprehended while operating an ATV on State Game Land 111. Also on the ATV was the man’s young son. Not only was the ATV on lands not open to vehicle travel, it was also unregistered, uninsured and neither of the individuals was wearing a helmet. Charges are pending.
• Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns  watched a man burning trash in his burn barrel located along Mahoning Creek. “As the man lit the trash, I noticed that he was tossing anything that would not readily burn right into the pristine waters of the stream.  As I gathered the information for a citation, I noticed that this same guy had garbage pick-up the same day and a trash can was sitting along his driveway waiting to be picked up by the hauler,” he said.
• Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that an Aliquippa man was cited for hunting turkeys in a baited area. “The man was putting corn in his backyard to feed the turkeys. He had placed corn out the day before turkey season began, then placed his turkey blind in the woods next to his yard in the hopes of bagging a longbeard.  My deputy and I were able to encounter him before he was able to harvest any of the turkeys that were responding to his calls on the opening day,” he said.
• Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that a Baden area man is under investigation for killing multiple turkeys in the spring gobbler season. It was reported that the man killed at least two turkeys on the same day. Citations will be filed at the conclusion of the investigation.
• Fayette County WCO Doug Bergman reports that, due to an unlawful campfire on State Game Lands 296 in the Dawson area, nearly 2 acres of forest caught fire. The public is reminded that small fires for cooking or warmth are lawful if care is taken to contain the fire in a safe area and if the forest conditions are not unsafe. The person using the fire must also be lawfully hunting, furtaking, or fishing
• Fayette County WCO Andrew Harvey reports that charges have recently been filed for an individual dumping garbage on state game lands.
• Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that several illegal dumping and unlawful ATV operation citations have been filed in the past weeks. ATVs continue to be a major problem in the Casparis area as well as the adjoining Hunter Access properties. Strict enforcement in the area will continue.
• Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports that Marion Center man was found in possession of illegal drugs on cooperator property in the Allen Bridge area of the Two Lick Reservoir. Upon searching the man, Reidmiller also discovered a loaded handgun that was not registered to the individual. Criminal charges will be filed.
• Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports that several citations have been filed for possession of alcohol on game lands. 
• Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that a West Mifflin man was found guilty of killing an antlerless deer during a closed season. “The individual shot a deer from his back porch with a crossbow in March. He then butchered the deer, placed the meat in his freezer, and then disposed of the carcass in a wooded area near his backyard,” he said.
• Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that an investigation is in progress for a dumping violation on State Game Land 297.  
• Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports a Hempfield Township man is facing charges for hunting turkey without buying a hunting license.
• Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports that a Sewickley Township man was charged with unlawfully taking a turkey on the second Saturday of the season. “The man shot the bird, transported it home untagged and had his daughter use her mentored adult tag so he could continue hunting,” he said.

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

• Susquehanna County WCO Ben Rebuck reports investigating two separate incidents of individuals letting traps set after the close of seasons.   
• Luzerne County WCO Rich Briggs reports incidents of persons unlawfully possessing deer fawns and juvenile raccoons in Luzerne County. 
• Bradford County WCO Blake Barth reports citing an individual for shooting clay targets from a target launcher on state game lands where there is no designated area for that activity.
• Wayne County WCO Frank Dooley reports that while on patrol he noticed a pickup truck occupied by two fully camouflaged individuals traveling slowly along a rural dirt road. “Wanting to get a better look, I drove my patrol vehicle to an area where I could observe the two without them seeing me,” said Dooley. “Approximately 15 minutes later, the two stopped at an intersection near my location, and I observed the tail feathers of a gobbler blow out of the truck and onto the road.” A stop of the vehicle revealed two untagged gobblers in the bed of the truck, resulting in fines and cost in excess of $750 for the pair.
• Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports there were several untagged or not properly marked turkey violations in Sullivan County during the spring gobbler season. 
• Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports a local man was recently cited for driving his truck on a Game Commission Public Access Cooperative property that was closed to vehicle travel.  
• Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports a large group of people were found camping on a Game Commission Public Access Cooperative property. The campers drove their vehicles on the property, discharged firearms, and built a fire. Citations and warnings were issued.
• Bradford County WCO Eric Kelly reports an anonymously submitted video proved critical in helping him investigate and file multiple charges against an individual for the unlawful taking of a wild turkey.
• Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports filing six citations for unlawful use of ATVs on game lands after a covert camera was placed near a heavily used trail. The camera was able to capture images of the riders faces (because they were not wearing helmets) and the ATVs’ license plates. “The riders tried to deny being on the game lands until I showed them their pictures on camera,” Mowrer said. 
• Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer cited 23-year-old man for theft of timber from State Game Land 186 and driving a motor vehicle on game lands after a nearby resident observed the man’s truck driving out of the game lands with the bed filled with logs. The resident was able to provide the license plate and reported the incident. 
• Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa reports persons writing graffiti on State Game Land 57 along parts of Windy Valley and Coal Mine roads. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Game Commission Northeast Region office at 570-675-1144. 
• Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner reports that the use of ATVs on state game lands is an ongoing issue in his district.
• Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports a dramatic spike in littering and dumping on state game lands and rural dirt roads in northern Susquehanna County. 

SOUTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

• Bucks County WCO Ellyn Henry issued a citation for an unplugged shotgun. “Whether brand new or handed down through generations, always check that your shotgun is lawful for hunting,” she reminds.
• Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek has been monitoring two new bald eagle nests in his district. Both nests are active and appear to have chicks getting ready to fledge.
• Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel  and DWCO Carl Warfel filed charges against a hunter illegally using a rifle to hunt during the spring gobbler season in Providence Township. DWCO Haines Henry filed charges against the driver of a pickup truck for operating the vehicle in an area closed to motorized vehicles, on a Hunter Access cooperative property in Martic Township.
• Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden recently attended multiple court hearings with guilty verdicts reached in all cases. Some of the cases involved hunting without a license, not wearing the proper amount of safety clothing, and hunting in parks or resorts closed to hunting.  
• Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports fire pits and alcohol containers recently have been found on state game lands in the county. 
• Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports receiving several calls on animals, (bat and raccoon) that had to be tested for rabies. The report came back negative.

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