Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 17, 2018

SOUTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports receiving many calls in recent weeks about sick or injured wildlife. Encounters with such animals should be reported to a Game Commission region office, or the local police department. Wildlife behaving abnormally may be diseased or injured. People can put themselves and their families at risk for disease exposure or injury by handling wildlife. See the Game Commission website (www.pgc.pa.gov) for more information regarding contact phone numbers and wildlife diseases. 

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports two fledgling osprey were rescued in a one-week period. One osprey was spotted by a boater who saw it floating in the Ohio River near Beaver, and the second crash-landed on its maiden flight from the nest. The first fledgling needed only to dry out, and the second was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator for treatment. The increase in the osprey population along area waterways is sure to lead to an increase in calls concerning these “fish hawks.”

Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports dirt bikes and ATVs continue to be a problem on state game lands and Hunter Access Program properties. Several landowners have recently enrolled into the Hunter Access Program for the sole purpose of ATV trespass enforcement. 

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports two Meyersdale teens recently have been charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on public property.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Chris Bergman reports a man pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing or taking of big game. The man allowed his 12-year-old son to kill a hen turkey on April 25 when the season was closed.

SOUTH-CENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Cumberland County Game Warden Timothy L. Wenrich has been investigating nuisance pest control permit violations.

Mifflin County Game Warden Amanda M. Isett recently warned a person for possessing young raccoons.

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Luzerne County Game Warden Gerald Kapral and Deputy Joe Fallon investigated a report of road hunting and shooting in a safety zone in Lake Township. The callers spotted a pickup truck driving on the road in front of their house and then a shot was fired from the driver. The homeowners yelled at the driver, who sped off. The officers located the shooter and he accompanied them back to the scene. He admitted to shooting at a woodchuck from a mere 70 yards from the callers’ home. Citations were filed for the safety zone violation, shooting at game from a roadway, and having a loaded firearm in a vehicle. A hearing is pending.

Luzerne County Game Warden Gerald Kapral and Deputy Tyler Wilson recently conducted an enforcement detail on State Game Lands 57 that resulted in four citations being filed and two written warnings issued for operating ATVs and transporting and consuming alcohol on game lands. Kapral said that these details will continue throughout the rest of summer, especially on the weekends and holidays.

Bradford County Game Warden Michael Goodenow reports that a young bear that wandered into the town of Athens and Sayre was successfully immobilized and relocated to a game lands.    

Bradford County Game Warden Eric Kelly reports decreased nuisance bear issues reported this year in comparison to previous years.

Susquehanna County Game Warden Ben Rebuck reports citing an individual for littering on a Game Commission Hunter Access property.  

Northumberland County Game Warden Jared Turner says he will step up patrols on State Game Lands 165, especially near Trevorton, to curb the increase of unlawful riding of off-road vehicles.

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