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Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – July 17th, 2015

NORTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission 

Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports that a homeowner was cited after catching a raccoon in a box trap beside his house. The problem was that he did not relocate the animal; and instead left the raccoon in the trap where it ultimately died.

Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports that a local man has been charged for shooting a second turkey during the spring turkey season. The hunter did not purchase a second spring turkey tag, which would have entitled him to harvest a second bird. Killing big game over the bag limit carries costly fines and is cause for hunting license revocation not only for Pennsylvania, but for most other states in the country, as well.

Mercer County WCO Donald G. Chaybin reports that he has received information on illegal activities occurring on state game lands. Enforcement patrols are being increased and additional actions are being planned.

Clarion and Jefferson counties LMGS George J. Miller reports that while setting up for the Youth Field Day event at Renlow Park in Jefferson County, workers discovered fresh remains of a gobbler that was shot on or about June 9, 10 days after the spring gobbler season had closed. Upon closer examination, it was discovered that the feet, spurs, beard and breast meat were removed. Anyone with information is asked to call the Game Commission’s Northwest Region office at 814-432-3187 or the Turn-In-a-Poacher hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001. You can remain anonymous.

SOUTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports two Ohio residents were cited for operating motorized vehicles on Hunter Access property in Big Beaver Borough. With the assistance of state police and Ohio DNR, the subjects were tracked down after their trucks were left on the property when one became stuck in a creek bottom. The license plates had been removed and officers had to use other methods in identifying the owners. The owners removed the trucks several days later.

 Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports that an Ohioville Borough resident recently pleaded guilty to harvesting a second spring gobbler without the required additional gobbler tag. The subject harvested an immature “jake” gobbler on the opening day and then harvested a mature gobbler three days later.

Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports several citations were issued for ATV use near Lake Wilma, which is Hunter Access property. 

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that citations continue to be filed for individuals who are operating vehicles and ATVs on areas of State Game Land 111 where their use prohibited.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Adams County WCO Darren David reports that in the week following spring turkey season, three men from Louisiana were groundhog hunting, from a pickup truck, while on public roads, with loaded rifles inside. From evidence found at the scene, it was clear they shot a hen turkey. However, when confronted, they all insisted that a robin was shot and not a turkey. Two of the men directly involved with the turkey were arrested and taken to the York County central booking center, where they were issued a total of eight citations. The next day, they entered guilty pleas to all charges, and paid over $5,000 in fines and costs.

Cumberland County WCO Timothy Wenrich reported that 99 percent of the district cases involving individuals who removed high-risk deer parts from within the Disease Management Area have been adjudicated. 

WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports that one individual was cited for hunting without a license and failure to wear orange when he was found to be hunting groundhogs on property owned by the Adams County prison. The defendant pleaded guilty to all charges.

Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh is investigating a female bear that was poached in the Needmore or Warfordsburg area. Anyone with information concerning poaching of this bear or sees her cubs running around, can contact the Southcentral Region Office at 814-643-1831.

Mifflin County WCO Jeff Mock reports several investigations into youth shooting wildlife with BB guns have been conducted. 

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports the unlawful activities on state game lands and Hunter Access properties resulted in citations being issued for operating ATVs and the dumping of trash.

Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy states that a man and woman from the Allentown area pleaded guilty to several charges after they were found camping on State Game Land 312 in Gouldsboro. To get to their camping location, the pair drove a Jeep around a locked gate and into the game lands. 

Susquehanna County WCO Ben Rebuck filed multiple citations against one individual that fired a rifle from the road at a groundhog.  

Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner received information that a bear was shot in the hind quarters with No. 6 shot near the Wayne-Lackawanna County line. Anyone seeing an injured or dead bear in the area is asked to call the Game Commission’s Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143. 

Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports that increased gas-industry activity has brought workers and their families from around the country to Susquehanna County, resulting in an increased use of state game lands. 

SOUTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek investigated an unlawful possession of wildlife case in Mount Joy.

Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek assisted Waterways Conservation officers with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission in patrolling the Susquehanna River during Operation Dry Water, which took place over the June 26 weekend.  

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that numerous violations on State Game Land 46 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area have been addressed, with citations being filed for unlawful possession of alcohol, drugs and drug paraphernalia, unlawful campfires, disorderly conduct, underage drinking and littering. Most of the unlawful activity occurs at nighttime, but one drug-and-alcohol case was during midday. 

Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel reports that DWCO Jim Wingler has filed charges against the driver of a vehicle that went four-wheeling through a creek on a cooperative property, owned by Lancaster County Conservancy along Fishing Creek Hollow Road in southern Lancaster County. 

Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reports that several dumping cases have been successfully prosecuted after placing numerous surveillance cameras at state game lands parking lots and other areas of game lands where dumping is ongoing.

Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports that multiple cases are currently in the county judicial system for violations including hunting without licenses, shooting geese out of season, and buying and selling game or wildlife. All of these cases are in the process of going to hearings and should be resolved by the end of the month.

Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports relocating several bears, including one sow with two yearling cubs and another sow with three small cubs from this year.

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