Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — April 28, 2017
From the Game Commission
Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports an Erie man was found guilty by trial and sentenced to pay over $1,800 in fines and lose his hunting privileges for four years. Charges included hunting through the use of bait, trapping without a license, failure to provide a license to an officer, unlawful firearms while hunting big game, unlawful taking of game, unlawful taking of big game and possession of marijuana.
Erie County WCO Larry M. Smith reports responding to a road kill in North East on Route 20. Upon meeting with township officials, he was shown a green iguana about four feet long. The lizard did not look injured; it appeared to be an escapee that died in the cold weather.
Erie County DWCO James E. Sutton investigated a report of someone setting a beaver pond with two untagged traps, one of which was right at the house. Sutton tracked down and interviewed the individual who had set the traps. He later learned the man purchased his furtaker’s license 20 minutes after being interviewed. Charges are pending.
From the Game Commission
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that two individuals recently were found guilty in Magisterial District Court for hunting in Allegheny County with a centerfire rifle.
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala said a local man pleaded guilty in Magisterial District Court for three charges resulting from an extended deer season violation. The hunter shot an 8-point antlered deer during the extended WMU 2B firearms antlerless deer season with a shotgun and put someone else’s “archery tag” on the deer to transport it. The hunter was charged with unlawfully taking the deer, violating tagging requirements and giving a false report to an officer.
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala said a local hunter pleaded guilty to shooting a deer from a road after locating it with his truck. The individual was seen by a nearby homeowner after he shot the deer. The homeowner provided enough information to identify and apprehend the individual.
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala said a local hunter recently was found guilty of hunting for deer without a hunting license. When the hunter was encountered in the field, he stated he didn’t have a license with him because it was destroyed and he didn’t bother to get a replacement license.
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that two hunters from two different incidents were convicted for license violations. During separate encounters, one hunter was found flintlock hunting on the last day of the season without a muzzleloader license and the other individual was archery hunting without an archery license.
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala said three individuals are facing charges for driving four-wheel-drive vehicles on Hunter Access property, damaging property in an area posted closed to motorized vehicles.
Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns reports that, at a recent hearing, two defendants were found guilty of damage to trees, license violations, hunting over bait and killing an illegal deer. Also, a landowner was awarded compensation for damages to be paid by one defendant for trees that were cut on his property.
Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns reports that, while on patrol on the last day of deer season, he and Law Enforcement Supervisor Brian Singer encountered a hunter who had killed an antlerless deer over the limit and used his son’s tag to tag the deer. Further research showed this defendant, who entered guilty pleas to the charges of taking a deer over the limit and hunting without the proper license had four previous convictions dating back 10 years for illegal taking of game or wildlife.
Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a subject pleaded guilty to the killing of an antlerless deer through use of a shotgun during the flintlock muzzleloader season. The hunter also pleaded guilty to hunting within the 150-yard safety zone of an occupied building.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Andrew Harvey reports that a case recently was adjudicated involving a father and son shooting an antlerless deer from the vehicle on a road open to public travel. The pair agreed to pay $1,150, and court costs.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Andy Harvey reports 30 violations were encountered in one day on SGL 51. All 10 citations for driving ATVs and possessing alcohol on state game lands have been adjudicated. Twenty warnings were issued.
Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports that a hunter pleaded guilty to killing an antlered deer during closed season, hunting without a license and resisting or interfering with officers after he was found to have killed a 7-point buck without a license. The hunter refused to cooperate, interfered with an active investigation and threatened officers.
Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports that a Greene County resident was charged with dumping garbage on lands open to public hunting. He was found guilty at trial and ordered to clean the area up and pay a $500 fine, plus court costs.
Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports an individual recently was found to have taken an antlerless deer out of season on his parents’ property. The deer’s remains were found on a neighboring property, where the individual trespassed in order to retrieve the deer. In addition to the charge of taking a big game animal out of season, the individual also faces two counts of trespass while hunting and faces potential loss of his hunting privileges for three years.
Somerset County WCO Zachary Edwards reports a suspicious vehicle in a remote location recently led to a wanted person being taken into custody and taken to jail.
Westmoreland County WCO Michael J. Papinchak reports that, while on patrol with LMS Scott Tomlinson during the late flintlock/archery deer season, he encountered an individual behaving oddly on a hillside. The man claimed to be walking in the woods. He had everything you’d expect a hunter to carry – except a firearm. Investigating in the area where he initially was seen, officers uncovered a rifle. The man was charged with hunting in a closed season.
Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas reports a Smithton man pleaded guilty to conspiring and possessing two unlawfully taken deer in South Huntingdon Township on the final day of the firearms deer season. He faces fines over $2,000 and potential for revocation of his hunting privileges.
Westmoreland County WCO Bill Brehun reports that multiple charges have been filed for violations occurring on Hunter Access property located in Derry Township. stance, and vehicle operation to avoid identification or inspection.
From the Game Commission
Bradford County WCO Blake Barth cited a man for operating an ATV on State Game Land 12. The man went around a gate and on to trails closed to motorized vehicles.
Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports a man from the Dushore area was cited for using No. 00 buck shot to hunt coyotes and hunting without a plug in his shotgun. Charges are pending.
Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports citations were issued for various public shooting range violations. In one incident, a shooter was observed running down-range while shooting a rifle at the target. Another violation occurred when a shooter, with no range permit or hunting license, was observed shooting at a plastic mannequin.
Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports a guilty plea has been entered by a man charged with killing a deer during closed season. The man shot a four-point buck in late February as it fed in his backyard.
Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich reports issuing written warnings to individuals at the shooting range on State Game Land 58 in Mifflin Township for failure to possess a range permit or a valid hunting license while using the range.
Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley reports citing individuals for multiple range violations, including not possessing a valid range permit or hunting license.
Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports several deer were illegally killed in Jackson Township, in the area of Barrett Road, late last year. The deer were shot and left to rot. A white truck was observed in the area when one deer was shot at, but not hit.
Susquehanna County WCO Ben Rebuck cited an individual who picked up a fawn from the wild and raised it in captivity.
From the Game Commission
Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek investigated a case in which a person took a baby squirrel from a litter and attempted to raise it. The squirrel has been reunited with its siblings at a local permitted rehabilitation facility.