Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – September 11th, 2015

From the Game Commission 

Crawford County WCO Randy R. Crago reports that someone dumped a load of shingles in a parking lot on State Game Land 199. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Northwest Region office.

Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark said a concerned sportsman called when he witnessed an individual shoot a fox out of season. The individual was cited for the violation.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that hunters who plan to hunt on State Game Land 54 this fall might encounter what appears to be ATV trails that run through wooded areas of the game lands. These trails were made by a track machine used by a natural-gas exploration company that was contracted by the owner of the gas rights. Like many of the game lands located throughout the state, the gas or mineral rights on much of State Game Land 54 are not owned by the Game Commission, and the owner has the legal right to access their gas or minerals.

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that charges are pending regarding an incident in Clarion County where a man killed a male black bear. Amory alleges that the individual in question could have chosen not to confront the black bear, but did anyway, leading to the death of the bear and the subsequent charges.

Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride is working on an investigation involving illegal dumping.

Warren County WCO Matthew R. Savinda reports that many nuisance beavers have been trapped and relocated. 

Crawford and Erie counties LMGS Shayne A. Hoachlander reports that recent bat maternity colony surveys in Erie County were depressing. Two of the three colonies surveyed had no individuals, one of which used to contain over 500.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

Late at night on Aug. 1, three subjects were apprehended for using a 50-foot gill net at Lake Arthur in Butler County. Sgt. Tom Tarkowski, WCO Jonathan Kay and Deputy Dan Reiber were on boat patrol and responded to a call from Moraine State Park rangers about the activity. According to statements made by the subjects, one of the men used a kayak to extend the net into the lake, while the other two subjects set out the net from shore. In addition to pending Fish and Boat Code charges, the subjects are facing charges from the park rangers for scattering rubbish and alcohol possession/consumption in a state part recreation area.

From the Game Commission 

Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner reports that a man was arrested at the State Game Land 300 shooting range in Archbald for impersonating a public servant. The suspect was identifying himself as both an undercover police officer and a “game warden,” then demanding IDs from the public.

Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports that many people are reporting bears in Oakland and Harmony townships. Bear trapping success seems to be cyclical. In some years the bears just don’t seem to want to go in the trap, and this year appears to be one of those. The number of bears trapped in Susquehanna County this year is down despite intense trapping efforts. People having conflicts with a bear are encouraged to contact the regional office at 570-675-1143.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

Wayne County Waterways Conservation Officers David Kaneski and Chad McKenrick met some kayakers on the Delaware River near Narrowsburg. One male and one female operator were found to be in possession of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Charges are pending.

Carbon County Waterways Conservation Officer Scott Christman recently investigated a boat accident on the Lehigh River. As part of a white water rafting float, a woman fell out of the raft, hitting her head on a rock. She became unconscious for a period of time, but was pulled from the water by other persons in the raft. She was treated at a local hospital and released.

From the Game Commission 

Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier reports that, during an investigation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Bethel Township taxidermist was found guilty of unlawful possession of wildlife parts unlawfully imported from Canada. 

Bucks County WCO Ellyn Henry reports a possible poaching case in Croyden. An investigation is in progress.

Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports that a man was found guilty in district court for shooting a deer in a safety zone, although he was found not guilty when he appealed his conviction to court of common pleas. 

Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek reports that Deputy WCO Justin Brian investigated a case of a person possessing live squirrels taken from the wild. Charges have been filed.

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that a mature bald eagle was found dead in a farm field near Manheim. The eagle was recovered and a necropsy preliminarily indicated a lightning strike. “Unfortunately, this is likely one of the pair that has been nesting nearby for a number of years,” he said. The eagle will be submitted to a wildlife forensics lab in Georgia for additional testing.

Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports an individual was off-roading at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area when his vehicle became stuck in a muddy area. A passerby reported the situation to officers and the driver now is facing multiple charges.

Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports five teenagers are being charged with numerous violations from an investigation on State Game Land 145 at “Dinosaur Rock.” The charges all are either drug-related or for using state game lands for unintended purposes.  

Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that mountain bike activities are still causing problems on State Game Land 145. Numerous signs were posted on trails that are closed to such activities, but all of them have been torn down. Numerous citations have been filled for riding on trails that are not open to such activities. “More patrols will be done and more signs will be posted,” he said. 

Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports a number of bats have been tested for rabies with negative results. 

Dauphin and Lebanon counties LMGS Steven Bernardi reports that the dumping of household garbage, construction debris and tires on game lands continues to be a problem. Several dumping sites are being investigated. Anyone one who witnesses or has information concerning a dumping violation is encouraged to call the Game Commission in the affected region; you will be kept confidential.

From the Fish & Boat Commission 

Chester County WCO Robert Bonney and DWCO Paul Marchese arrested a 28-year-old man from Bechtelsville for boating under the influence while they were conducting boating safety checks at the Fish & Boat Commission Black Rock Access Area on the Schuylkill River in Phoenixville. After observing the defendant’s physical condition and seeing nine empty beer cans in the defendant’s boat, the man was given field sobriety tests, which he failed, and he was then placed under arrest for BUI. A test of the man’s blood showed that he had a BAC of 0.12. Charges have been filed, and the case is currently pending.

Delaware County WCO Ronald Evancho and PGC WCO Jerrold Czech arrested a 48-year-old man from West Deptford, New Jersey, for boating under the influence after stopping him on the Delaware River in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, when they noticed that the boat he was operating was not displaying proper navigation lights. The man was given several field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. He was transported to a local hospital, where he refused to submit to a blood test to determine his BAC. Charges have been filed, and the case is pending.

Delaware County WCO Ronald Evancho and PGC WCO Justin Ritter arrested a 25-year-old man from Ridley Park for driving under the influence after stopping his vehicle because they observed the vehicle traveling through Ridley Park Borough with the right side well off onto the shoulder of the roadway. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officers observed the man’s physical condition and he was then given a field sobriety test, which he failed. The man admitted to smoking marijuana, and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle. The man was transported to a local hospital, where blood was drawn for a blood test, the results of which confirmed that the man had ingested marijuana. Charges have been filed, and the case is pending.

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