Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — March 31, 2017

NORTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission 

Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal reports charges have been filed for people cutting antlers off of “found” deer, trapping violations (including damage to property) and reckless endangerment.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak said a Georgia resident has pleaded guilty to unlawfully procuring a resident hunting license and possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle while deer hunting.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that a Linesville man has pleaded guilty to hunting without a license. He was observed by officers in the woods and hid his firearm upon the WCO’s approach. It was quickly located.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that a Mercer County resident has pleaded guilty to multiple charges including failure to check traps once every 36 hours. He stated that he couldn’t locate his sets due to snow and had last checked them a week prior. The incident was reported by an individual who found a trapped coyote in very poor condition.

Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that a New York man has pleaded guilty to hunting during the firearms deer season without a license and borrowing deer harvest tags from another hunter.

Crawford County WCO Mark A. Allegro obtained a confession and guilty plea to multiple charges from an individual regarding the unlawful taking of a deer at night in November 2015.

Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports there were several treestand violations on State Game Land 314.

Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless said all of his cases from the fall hunting seasons have now been completed, either through pleas or court hearings.

Jefferson County WCO Andrew D. Troutman cited an individual for littering when a deer carcass was found dumped along a road, inside a box addressed to her.

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that the unfortunate trend of individuals trying to use the mistake-kill provision as a defense for unlawfully taken big game continued this past season. A hunter in Venango County was recently cited and paid fines and court costs of over $1,000 for attempting to keep a mistake kill by forging the wildlife management unit on his tag.

Venango County WCO Jason R. Amory reports that multiple defendants have pleaded guilty to tagging violations due to improperly marked big-game kills.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports opening multiple investigations after five deer carcasses, dumped on state forest property. Several pieces of evidence were gathered from each scene, and the incidents appear unrelated.

Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour said charges are pending after a Maryland resident who was fishing on a Hunter Access property was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and medication that was not prescribed to him.

Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports the temporary propagation area that restricts access to parts of State Game Land 169 again is in effect. Game lands users should be aware of the signs posted against entry by people and dogs. These areas are off limits during this time to minimize impacts to nesting waterfowl. The restrictions will be lifted in mid-June.

Huntingdon County WCO Richard Macklem II reports an individual has been found guilty of purchasing a hunting license for another person who did not take Hunter-Trapper Education.

Perry County WCO Kevin P. Anderson Jr. reports a Perry County man recently was charged for failing to check his traps after a raccoon was found dead in one. The investigation revealed that he had been charged several times before for the same violation.

York County WCO Kyle A. Jury reports a Wellsville resident who shot a four-point buck while trespassing and within several safety zones during the firearms deer season recently was found guilty of six charges. Jury and DWCO Andy Hueser later discovered the individual had no hunting license and, in addition to the other violations, was not wearing any fluorescent orange. Total fines imposed by the court were approximately $1,850.

York County WCO Steve Knickel reports he and DWCO Smallwood recently made contact with a York City man who was keeping a hawk as a pet. He immediately admitted to possessing the animal, though he wasn’t a licensed falconer and he had no permit for it. And he refused to turn it over, then released it in front of the officers. Charges are pending.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

During after hours patrol of the Goldsboro Access to the Susquehanna River on Feb. 14, York County Waterways Conservation Officer David Hurst responded to a call of an active pick-up truck shooting at deer in a nearby residential area. Assisted by the Newberry Township Police Department, the suspect vehicle was located and stopped minutes after the radio dispatch. A freshly killed antlerless deer was found in the bed of the truck, and a Remington 7mm-08 rifle was in the vehicle. During the course of the field investigation, the 18-year-old vehicle operator acknowledged shooting the deer because he hadn’t had the opportunity to legally harvest one during the 2016 hunting season. While interviewing the suspect, WCO Hurst observed physical symptoms consistent with alcohol consumption and impairment. Subsequent field sobriety tests were administered, to which the subject failed. The vehicle operator was taken into custody for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Underage Drinking, as well as the serious Game Law infractions. Ironically, the subject’s girlfriend was a passenger in the vehicle making this a very memorable Valentine’s Day date!

Perry County Waterways Conservation Officer Richard Morder recently investigated an incident where a commercial tractor trailer caused excessive property damage to the Fish & Boat Commission Amity Hall Access.  It was subsequently determined that the inexperienced commercial driver unsuccessfully attempted to turn the tractor trailer in the access parking lot, damaging the lawn area, several guide posts and a poster sign board. The trucking company accepted full responsibility for its driver’s actions, and paid restitution to the commission in excess of $700 for remediation of the damages.  Additionally, the truck driver was issued a summary citation for his negligent actions.

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Montour County WCO Michael College reports that three individuals took pleas for drug-related offenses subsequent to a vehicle stop on a Montour Preserve Road.

Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich said a Shickshinny woman was charged and pleaded guilty to dumping 19 bags of household trash at SGL 55 parking lot along Shickshinny Valley Road. She was fined $300 and ordered to pay $200 restitution for cleaning up the garbage.

Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports that two Dushore men were charged with various violations during the LaPorte coyote hunt weekend. One individual had two loaded guns in his vehicle, and he had been charged in previous years for this violation. The other man was charged with having a loaded rifle in a vehicle.

Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports four young men pleaded guilty to their involvement in shooting a doe from a vehicle during a closed season. All face fines and license revocation.

Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports a Monroe County resident was charged with killing a deer during a closed season. The individual shot a four-point buck in late February as it fed in his backyard.

Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley reports removing several treestands that were left on state game lands in Northumberland and Montour counties.

Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports citing a man for hunting 13 days beyond the close of the late archery/flintlock deer season. The man was hunting in WMU 3D but said he thought he was in WMU 5C. Not only was he 5 miles into the wrong WMU, but the two units are separated by the Blue Mountain.

From the Fish & Boat Commission

WCO Weredyk reported that while doing a bridge replacement project on SR 33 South, the bank underneath an excavator gave way, dumping the excavator and operator into Appenzell Creek (wild trout stream) in Hamilton Township, Monroe County. The excavator spilled diesel fuel and various oils into Appenzell Creek which feeds into McMichael’s Creek (stocked trout water).  WCO Weredyk documented material from the spill traveled 7.46 miles before dissipating. Upon completion of the investigation, the responsible party opted to settle on a Settlement Agreement for $1,500.

Carbon County WCO Christman reported a tractor trailer crash on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Penn Forest Township, spilling diesel fuel, oil and furnace dust (Class 9 hazardous material) into East Branch Pine Run Creek  a tributary to Beltzville Lake. Carbon County Christman documented material from the crash impacted approximately 60 yards of stream. Upon completion of the investigation, the responsible party settled the violation on a Settlement Agreement for $500.

SOUTHEAST REGION
From the Fish & Boat Commission

Dauphin County Waterways Conservation Officer Mark Sweppenhiser responded to a reported boat in distress on the Susquehanna River where several duck hunters became stranded when their jet outboard motor became disabled due to ice and slush. The boat was brought to shore.

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