Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 3, 2018
From the Game Commission
Jefferson County Game Warden Roger Hartless reports that Disease Management Area 3, which is in Jefferson and Clearfield counties, has been expanded in response to three free-ranging CWD-positive deer detected within or near the DMA in 2017. Individuals who hunt or own camps in any of the DMA units need to be aware that the feeding of free-ranging cervids is prohibited, as is the use or possession of cervid urine-based attractants in any outdoor setting. To find out if your camp, or the area that you hunt is located within a DMA, visit the Chronic Wasting Disease page at www.pgc.pa.gov. The most up-to-date maps and descriptions of DMA boundaries can be found there.
Venango County Game Warden Jason R. Amory said an individual was recently charged with unlawfully attempting to kill an antlerless deer. The individual fired random shots from a .30-.06 rifle across French Creek, which spooked a deer. Upon seeing the deer flee, the individual attempted to kill it, but was intercepted by Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission officers working a detail to curtail illegal activity.
Crawford County Game Warden Mark Allegro said three separate charges were filed against an individual through an investigation into an illegal deer harvested on the final day of the 2017 archery season. After shooting the deer, the individual took the deer home untagged, butchered it, then placed the harvest tag of his co-defendant on the antlers of the deer before taking the head and hide to a taxidermy shop.
Crawford County Game Warden Mark Allegro said charges were filed against a man and woman for having a fawn in their mobile home. The investigation revealed the fawn was in their possession for approximately two weeks. The man stated he found the fawn in the woods while cutting trees, but made no attempt to report the incident to the Game Commission.
Erie County Game Warden Michael Stutts Jr. reports that several Erie County residents are facing charges for illegally taking juvenile wildlife out of the field and into their possession.
Jefferson County Game Warden Andrew D. Troutman reports he recently cited an individual who never completed Hunter-Trapper Education for hunting with an invalid license, and she’d taken at least one illegal deer in the two years she held illegal licenses.
From the Game Commission
Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports that, unfortunately, he had to euthanize a habituated female bear, and her three yearlings might face the same fate. Cole said the female bear and her three yearlings had been fed by people so much they were frequenting houses – even entering them – on a regular basis, creating a huge public safety issue. Bears concentrate on houses that offer them things like garbage, compost, birdseed or food that’s intentionally placed out because it’s easier than looking for food in the mountains. Cole he’s had several reports of these yearlings hanging out at houses and walking up to people, which would indicate they also present risks.
Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports an individual was cited for unlawful feeding of elk.
Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that a Morrisdale man pleaded guilty for having a loaded shotgun in a moving vehicle during spring turkey season. He was cited in 2016 for the same violation and now faces having his hunting privileges being suspended.
Cameron County Game Warden Wayne A. Hunt reports citing two individuals for damage to state property and closed-road violations on state game lands.
McKean County Game Warden Skyler Gibble reports that two individuals from the Bradford area were riding on State Game Land 62 near the Kinzua Bridge. This is a popular spot for riders, but it is illegal to ride motorized vehicles on game lands.
From the Game Commission
Cumberland County Game Warden John Fetchkan reports charges are pending against a Carlisle resident who possessed a live wild deer fawn. An investigation debunked the person’s story about how the fawn was obtained.
Bedford County Game Warden Jeremy Coughenour reports that several citations were filed in June for illegal ATV use on cooperator properties and state game lands.
Perry County Game Warden Kevin P. Anderson Jr. reports that a Perry County man recently pleaded guilty to possession of an untagged deer. The investigation began when Anderson observed the man carrying the deer carcass down a sidewalk in Newport. It soon was found that he had harvested the buck several days prior and never tagged it as required. Citations were filed, but the defendant never responded to them and was apprehended by a state constable several months later.
Adams County Game Warden Cory M. Ammerman reports that an individual was cited for allowing a mentored youth hunter to hunt on their own. The mentor also killed two woodchucks and failed to display the appropriate amount of solid fluorescent orange required by law.
Blair County Game Warden Salvadore Zaffuto reports a Tyrone resident was charged with the unlawful killing of a black bear out of season.
From the Game Commission
Bucks County Game Warden Shawna Burkett is looking for information regarding a sailboat in dry storage that was struck by a crossbow bolt at the marina at Lake Nockamixon in early June. It is believed that the person shooting the crossbow was attempting to poach one of the deer that frequent the lawn area of the marina. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Southeast Region Office at 610-926-3136.
Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham reports that numerous individuals were cited for property violations at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Unlawful intrusion into Controlled Areas and off-road mudding activities are detrimental to the wildlife and habitat, and both will be addressed with prosecution to protect these valuable resources.
Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports that violations at the State Game Land 43 Rifle Range have noticeably decreased this year.
Berks County Game Warden Tom Kline reports that while patrolling Blue Marsh Lake with Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission officers Troy Merrell and Chase Rhoads, two individuals who were fishing were found to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, as well as alcoholic beverages, which is strictly prohibited on this property. Both individuals were cited and evidence was seized for prosecution.
Lehigh County Game Warden William T. Kreider reports a 30-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were cited for the unlawful possession and consumption of alcohol while on State Game Land 217, Bake Oven Knob. They subsequently pleaded guilty to all charges and over $300 in penalties were imposed. Additionally, a 23-year-old man was cited for operating a motor vehicle in willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others and property on State Game Land 217. He also pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a penalty of $150.
Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas reports that, during the firearms deer season, four individuals were found to be hunting on posted property in Washington Township without permission. In addition, they were dressed in full camouflage and failed to wear any of the required fluorescent orange. They stated that they intentionally hunted without wearing orange in an effort to avoid detection. To make matters worse, one of the individuals was a juvenile. The individuals were cited for their violations and pleaded guilty to the offenses.
Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek reports citing numerous individuals for unlawful possession and use of controlled substances on State Game Land 156. Veylupek also reports recovering a juvenile bald eagle that died as a result of swallowing a fishing hook and line.