Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — April 14, 2017

NORTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission 

Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports an increase in the amount of household trash being dumped on State Game Land 314.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer encountered a person with a loaded rifle inside his vehicle while hunting coyotes.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer encountered a group of predator hunters spotlighting from a vehicle while in possession of firearms in Karthaus.

Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that individuals are under investigation for “mud bogging” through fields on Hunter Access properties.

Potter County WCO Bill Ragosta successfully prosecuted an individual for running an ATV on state game lands. He has also investigated multiple trapping violations.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports two red foxes were found dead in traps two weeks after trapping season ended. An investigation is being conducted.

McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against a Kane resident who was trying illegally to sell a wildlife mount.

McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik apprehended a Port Allegany man for fishing without a license. He claimed he’d bought one in October 2016, but records indicated that he had not bought a license since 2014.

Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray said three coyote hunters were found in the field hunting without a license in their possession. Records showed all three had valid hunting licenses, which they failed to carry with them. Warnings were issued for the violations, and the hunters were ordered to stop hunting until they had their hunting licenses with them.

Centre County WCO Michael Ondik reports that many individuals were cited or warned for shooting range violations at Scotia Range in February.

Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reports that three men pleaded guilty to charges for shooting ducks within the safety zones of several houses while hunting from kayaks on a small creek in December.

Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reported that a Trout Run man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a Dec. 7 incident in Jackson Township, Lycoming County. The individual was ordered by Magisterial District Judge William Solomon to pay $525 in fines for one count each of loaded firearms in vehicles and hunting through the use of a vehicle. Charges are still pending against another man in the same incident.

Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reported a Williamsport man pleaded guilty to charges from an Oct. 1 incident in Mifflin Township, Lycoming County. The defendant was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Lepley to pay fines totaling $750 for one count each of unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife and possessing a license or game harvest tag belonging to another person. The defendant now faces the revocation of his hunting and furtaking privileges. Charges are still pending against another individual involved in the same incident.

McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble reminds beaver trappers to make sure traps are tagged above the waterline when set.

Potter County WCO Mark Fair reports, with the assistance of DCNR Ranger Paul Tubbs, he located multiple leg-hold traps after the close of trapping season. The traps were still set when found, and the individual responsible has been prosecuted.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Bedford and Huntingdon counties WCO Brandon Pfister reports a defendant was found guilty in Bedford County court of shooting through a safety zone and across roads, and unlawfully taking a white-tailed deer. Along with the fines, the judge awarded additional witness fee penalties. Total fines and costs were over $3,000.

Bedford and Huntingdon counties WCO Brandon Pfister said one person is being charged for shooting at and causing injury to another.

Blair County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto reports that two Everett residents have been charged with poaching five deer at the end of 2016. Sixty-four citations including six felonies of the third degree, two misdemeanors of the first degree, two ungraded misdemeanors and numerous summary charges were filed.

Cumberland County WCO Timothy L. Wenrich reports a guilty plea was entered in the case of an individual shooting an antlerless deer, with a .22, while trespassing, in a safety zone, not wearing the required fluorescent orange, and without a license. Penalties exceeded $1,100 and revocation of hunting privileges is pending.

Cumberland County WCO Timothy L. Wenrich reports DWCO Bryan Dunn investigated a case involving trespass by a trapper, untagged traps and an unlawfully taken beaver. Charges are pending.

Franklin County WCO Eric Anderson reports that a Franklin County man has been found guilty at trial for hunting while using bait. He claimed at trial he did not know the apples were there, but had been recorded on Anderson body camera stating he placed his treestand in the area because of the apples.

Mifflin County WCO Amanda M. Isett reports one individual was warned for not having possession of his hunting licenses while rabbit hunting.

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports he investigated a trapper for setting cable restraints that presented entanglement issues. “The trapper had made 20 sets I could find, and 14 could have caused the entanglement,” said Kapral. The trapper also picked up a road-killed deer to use as bait for the sets. The trapper was violating cable-restraint regulations. He was also warned that a road-killed deer can be picked up for consumption only, and no other uses are permitted.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports he has been trying to help in two cases where beavers are damming up a stream and flooding the yards. While the property owners dealing with damage in each case have no problem with trappers removing the beavers, there are neighbors within the safety zone of the stream who don’t want to see the beavers trapped.

SOUTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Chester County WCO Matthew Johnson said that through February and early March at the State Game Land 43 rifle range many citations were issued, mostly for shooting without a permit or license, exceeding three-round limit in a firearm, and discharging firearms at targets other than paper targets on permanent backboard. Range use prior to noon on Sundays also has been a problem.

Delaware County WCO Justin Ritter said  two individuals were charged for taking doves out of season. Neither possessed a valid hunting license.

Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Tyler Kreider reports that an Upper Macungie man has pleaded guilty to the unlawful taking of a 10-point buck out of season. Fines and restitution exceeded $2,000.

Lebanon County WCO Brian W. Sheetz reports that, with the help of a concerned citizen providing timely information about a violation, an Elizabethtown man was charged with littering for dumping tires on State Game Land 145. South Londonderry Police contacted Sheetz about the reported littering violation and also posted a picture of the suspect’s vehicle to the police department’s Facebook page. Numerous tips resulted, identifying the vehicle and a possible suspect. With the assistance of Elizabethtown Police, Sheetz located and interviewed the suspect, at which time the suspect provided a full confession to the violation.

Schuylkill County WCO Joel Gibble reports that several individuals were charged with violations during trapping season. The most common violation was bait visible from the air.

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