Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars Report – August 26th, 2016
From the Game Commission
Butler County WCO Chip L. Brunst reports that, over the last month, he has processed citations for a person hunting in a baited area while spring gobbler hunting; a person driving an unregistered pickup on state game land roads; and a third person who had shot a buck during the doe only early muzzleloader season.
Clarion County WCO Jesse N. Bish reports a Knox resident was charged for having body-gripping traps set in his garden.
Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that guilty pleas were received from a 2013 case involving an 18-year-old female hunting deer without a license, in a propagation area, while intoxicated.
Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that summary arrest warrants have been issued for several Ohio residents as a result of violations that occurred last hunting season.
Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports that a woman at Presque Isle State Park was reportedly sitting on the beach putting peanut butter on her toes in an attempt to feed a coyote. This type of behavior is not acceptable and anyone seeing such activity should report it immediately, he said.
Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman reports that three individuals were found guilty of poaching. Their fines totaled $5,500.
Lawrence County WCO Byron D. Gibbs reports that charges have been filed against two dirt-bike riders who gave false information when stopped for riding on land closed to motorized travel.
Venango County WCO Ronda J. Bimber filed citations against two people camping without permission on Hunter Access property, as well as two citations against people who drove motorized vehicles on Hunter Access property without permission.
Warren County WCO Eric M. McBride reports that incidents of dumping trash on state game lands are being investigated.
From the Game Commission
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that a Rockton man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest while obtaining from inside his house a .22 rifle to dispatch a groundhog that was damaging property. The man was transported by helicopter to UPMC Altoona, where he was listed in stable condition.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that a Philipsburg man trapped an albino chipmunk that was causing property damage. The chipmunk was released back into the wilderness on SGL 33.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer said charges are pending against a driver for spotlighting at 1 a.m. at Moshannon State Forest.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reports that a Muncy man recently was found guilty of charges stemming from an incident that occurred in February 2016. The defendant provided his antlered deer tag to another individual, so that the tag could be applied to a deer and taken to a taxidermist. The man pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful acts concerning licenses and was ordered to pay a $100 fine, but he pleaded not guilty to a charge of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife. At trial, the defendant was found guilty of this violation for aiding, assisting or conspiring with another person in the taking, possession, transportation and use of a deer unlawfully taken or not properly marked. The defendant was ordered to pay a fine of $600 for this violation, and now faces the revocation of his hunting and trapping privileges. Charges are pending against another man for his role in the incident.
Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt served two bench warrants for individuals who have not paid their fines in full for 2015 offenses.
Centre County WCO Michael Ondik reports that, during a Memorial Day enforcement detail at Scotia Range, range users were issued six citations and 11 warnings for violating range safety and game lands regulations. Violations included shooting at unauthorized targets, having too many rounds in rifles and exceeding weight limits on roads.
Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports that unlawful motor vehicle operation continues to be an issue on parts of SGL 25. The Shawmut Grade has been particularly problematic and numerous citations have been filed. Littering, vandalism and destruction of property have also been encountered.
From the Game Commission
Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman said an individual was cited after allowing his dog to kill a fawn. This individual had been previously cited for not restraining the same dog several months prior to the incident. If convicted of the latest offense, the individual could face $500 in fines and $800 in restitution costs.
Adams County WCO Darren J. David reports six individuals were charged in connection to an incident occurring on the last day of the 2015 firearms deer season. A hunting party put on a deer drive through properties they were not permitted to be on. A safety zone was violated and a lawful hunter was harassed in the process, as well. A doe was shot by a hunter who had no antlerless deer license, and another hunter in the party dragged it a lengthy distance untagged prior to putting his own tag on it. He also happened to be unlawfully in possession of a hunting license and deer tag belonging to his mother, who was not hunting.
Adams County WCO Darren J. David reports that a man was convicted of deer poaching for a third time within a three-year period, resulting in felony charges. He also had been charged three times for unlawful possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia in connection with the poaching cases, and had been convicted of summary game law violations from a separate incident during the same time frame. His girlfriend was also charged for related game law violations and multiple counts of possession of drug paraphernalia that tested positive for several different drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. Another man who was affiliated with the two is also facing charges for interfering with and obstructing in the investigation.
Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that covert cameras were placed on several illegal ATV trails on state game lands in southern Bedford County. The cameras are providing lots of pictures of the violators and their machines. Multiple suspects were recently identified through the photos, and several citations will be filed.
Bedford and Huntingdon counties WCO Brandon Pfister reports a Bedford County man has pleaded guilty to being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bedford County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto reports a Chaneysville resident pleaded guilty to killing an Illegal turkey during the spring gobbler season. The individual paid fines including a $450 replacement cost.
Bedford County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto reports an individual has been charged with feeding white-tailed deer in Disease Management Area 2. The individual is a habitual game law offender and could face penalties totaling $300.
Blair County WCO William Brehun reports two individuals were found guilty at a hearing for trespassing and violating regulations the Altoona City Water Authority, a Hunter Access cooperator, has posted on its properties to help keep the local water supply clean and safe.
Blair County WCO Albert Zellner reports a citation for dumping on a Hunter Access cooperator property recently was adjudicated and a $300 fine assessed. A criminal complaint also was filed, and is pending, for a hunting-related shooting incident.
Cumberland County WCO Timothy L. Wenrich reports that two incidents involving individuals unlawfully operating motorized vehicles on Hunter Access property are being investigated. Those involved face penalties of up to $200.
Cumberland County WCO Timothy L. Wenrich reports enforcement operations are being conducted on the SGL 230 shooting ranges in order to address complaints of early shooting on Sundays and using the range without the required range permit or hunting or furtaker license. Nine citations have been filed for such violations over the past two weeks.
Cumberland County WCO Timothy L. Wenrich reports that a man was charged for possessing a controlled substance on State Game Land 170. Hampden Township Police Department assisted in addressing multiple summary traffic violations, as well. Additionally, the man had four outstanding warrants for previous violations. He was taken into custody, by the local constable in order to appear before the local Magisterial District Judge for those warrants.
Franklin County WCO Eric Anderson reports that during a traffic stop made for operating a vehicle in a closed area, three individuals were found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Franklin County WCO Amanda M. Powell reports a family illegally possessed a fawn deer. The fawn was confiscated and taken to a rehabilitator.
Fulton County WCO Justin T. Klugh reports that an individual has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a live deer fawn.
York County WCO Kyle A. Jury reports charges being are filed against nine individuals for various shooting range violations on game lands. All charges stem from a covert enforcement detail involving several officers from the Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commission.
From the Fish & Boat Commission
Officers in the southcentral region were busy over the Aug. 6-7 weekend. On Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County, WCO’s Sauserman, Quarracino, Ney and Girt all had BUI arrests Saturday evening. Sgt. Keller and WCO Thurner-Diaz issued 18 citations for various violations over the same weekend in Adams and York counties. Additionally WCO Girt, while patrolling the Juniata River in Mifflin County, encountered a male and female fishing. The male was consuming an alcoholic beverage and was determined to be underage. A records check of both revealed the male was on probation for underage DUI and the probation office wanting him taken into custody. The female also had warrants and was taken into custody. Both were transported to jail.
From the Game Commission
Montour County WCO Michael College reports that a woman received over $400 in fines for removing a fawn from the wild.
Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich was informed by retired land manager Keith Sanford that two mourning dove traps being used in a survey were stolen from a church parking lot.
Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports an individual recently pleaded guilty to selling a Canada goose wing dance fan at Forksville Pow Wow last fall.
Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports two men pleaded guilty after their dogs chased down and killed a fawn in a neighbor’s yard.
Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley reports citing two individuals for attempting to take a red fox out of season in the Paxinos area.
Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy reports a Gouldsboro man was found guilty of riding his ATV on SGL 312 in Gouldsboro.
Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports that the use of agency trail cameras have proven to be a valuable law enforcement tool. Cameras set on state game lands allow WCOs to have an additional “set of eyes” on the property, without physically being there. “I set cameras up for a week at a time, check the cards, and then move them to other areas that are being abused,” said Mowrer. “So far in 2016, 20 citations were written in my district for unlawful ATV activity, vehicles driving around gates, and other unlawful act that were captured on cameras.”
Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa reports a suspect that was unlawfully camping on State Game Land 57 in the area of Forkston was arrested for several violations including criminal firearms charges.
Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner reports three individuals were cited for riding motorized vehicles (ATVs) on the Silverbrook Mine Forest-Game Cooperative property adjacent to State Game Land 300 in Archbald Borough.
From the Game Commission
Bucks County WCO Shawna Burkett reports that at least eight black trash bags were dumped off of Muskrat Road on State Game Land 139 in East Rockhill Township. An investigation is ongoing.
Chester County WCO Matthew Johnson reminds hunters who apply for the deer-attractant permits in the Southeast Special Regulations Area of some common violations related to the feeders. Last season, many permit holders failed to mark their feeders with the permit number, and failed to carry a copy of the permit with them while hunting on the property. These are requirements under the permit, and a hunter could receive a citation for failing to comply.
Delaware County WCO Justin Ritter reports that one individual has been charged with importing, possessing, and selling illegal wildlife. The individual met with plain-clothes officers and sold them wildlife. Philadelphia County WCO Jerry Czech conducted the stop after the sale.
Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham recently filed 17 charges for commercialization of wildlife against two individuals for possessing with intent to sell approximately 300 pounds of white-tailed deer parts. Heads, legs and rib cages were seized after they were found in a local Chinese restaurant. These deer parts were obtained by scavenging local deer processors’ dumpsters during the firearms deer season. Laws concerning the commercialization of wildlife first were enacted over 100 years ago to prevent the unlawful exploitation of wildlife resources that led to dangerously low populations of many species that have since recovered due to sound management.
Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Tyler Kreider reports that, since the implementation of the Operation Game Thief program, tips have led to several successful prosecutions in the Lehigh Valley.
Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden has seen a recent increase in the amount of trash and other items being dumped on state game lands. Recently, a large number of items were found in the parking area of State Game Land 234. This case is still ongoing, but thanks to the assistance of local authorities, a suspect has been identified.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that bears have been on the move again, generating numerous calls and complaints. Two bears were recently hit on highways with one yearling being killed and a second, larger bear totaling the car and running off into a nearby cornfield.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that an injured peregrine falcon was found near a known nesting location and transported to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Schuylkill County WCO Joel Gibble reports he is seeking information regarding a dumping case involving shingles and siding at State Game Land 106 in Port Clinton.
Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties LMGS John Papson reports the Food and Cover Corps “spent $458.24 of sportsmen-provided money to properly dispose of 14 televisions that were dumped on the game lands on Blue Mountain. This week the crew collected several more TVs that will require being disposed of.”