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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 10, 2020

From the Game Commission

Fulton County Game Warden Justin Klugh reports that two individuals have pleaded guilty to the illegal possession of an owl.

Cumberland County Game Warden John Fetchkan reports that bear complaints were steady through winter, probably due to the warm weather. He said mange has been a problem in the northern part of the county. 

Juniata County Game Warden Eric Kelly reports charges are pending against multiple county residents for violations pertaining to taking deer for crop damage.

Perry County Game Warden Kevin P. Anderson Jr. reports several safety-zone complaints were received during the late waterfowl season.

York County Game Warden Scott Brookens reports an individual recently was convicted of killing a 560-pound bear out of season in 2018. The investigation took several months and revealed that there was a considerable effort to cover up the kill.

York County Game Warden Justin Ritter reports a New Freedom man was found guilty of hunting in a safety zone.  

From the Game Commission

Bradford County Game Warden Blake Barth reports serving several arrest warrants for individuals who didn’t respond to citations or who failed to make fine payments on time.

Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich reports that a Bloomsburg man was found guilty at hearing for using a vehicle to locate deer. Body camera footage was instrumental in the case.

Bradford County Game Warden Mike Goodenow reports an individual is facing numerous charges after allowing a youth hunter to shoot at a deer from a public road while unlawfully locating game with a motorized vehicle. 

Susquehanna County Game Warden Ben Rebuck reports responding to several complaints involving hunters allowing their dogs onto posted property in order to locate coyotes.  

Wyoming County Game Warden Vic Rosa reports an active investigation involving littering on Hunter Access property in his district.

Montour and Northumberland counties Game Warden Jared Turner reports that a buck and doe killed illegally were found near Mount Zion Road in Cooper Township, Montour County. The deer were transported to a powerline cut and dumped on private property. The buck had the antlers and skull cap removed and no meat was taken from either animal. Anyone with information is asked to call the Game Commission NE Region Office at 570-675-1143.

From the Game Commission

Berks County Game Warden Ryan L. Zawada reports that a Wernersville man recently pleaded guilty to citations for hunting through the use of bait. Trail-camera pictures of the defendant spreading bait on property that he was trespassing on, proved to be key evidence in the case.

Bucks County Game Warden Shawna Burkett is seeking information about an ongoing investigation in Milford Township, Bucks County. Ten deer carcasses were illegally disposed of in a residential dumpster off Sleepy Hollow Road between Dec. 5 and 10, 2019. Anyone that may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Southeast Region Office in Reading at 610-926-3136.

Lancaster County Game Warden Daniel Gibble reports investigating drug- and wildlife-related violations with Pennsylvania State Police. 

Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek reports investigating cases of littering, unlawful riding on closed State Game Lands 156 trails and failure to heed posted state game lands signs.

Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham reports adjudication of a case involving two individuals who unlawfully took a protected buck last season. A juvenile who hadn’t completed a Hunter-Trapper Education and didn’t have a hunting license shot the deer. And someone else tagged it with his antlerless tag. Both paid fines in excess of $1,000.

Northampton County Game Warden Bradley Kreider reports, deer seasons have ended but reports of poaching haven’t stopped. “We are still receiving calls and information dealing with the unlawful taking of deer and other wildlife,” Kreider said. “February can also be a busy month for complaints concerning dogs chasing deer.”

Montgomery County Game Warden Raymond Madden reports numerous cases were adjudicated involving individuals shooting in safety zones and trespassing while hunting. “All hunters need to make certain that they secure required permission prior to entry on property not belonging to them,” Madden said.

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