Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 8, 2021

SOUTHWEST REGION
From the Game Commission

Allegheny County Game Warden Douglas Bergman reports charges will be filed against multiple individuals for hunting through the use of bait stemming from multiple incidents on the opening day of the early archery season in WMU 2B. Hunters are reminded that it is unlawful to take advantage of any bait including residue, regardless of kind or quantity, as an enticement for game or wildlife.

Allegheny County Game Warden Madison Kyle is investigating an individual for the unlawful killing of doves. The individual was hunting for doves out of season, did not make an effort to retrieve them, used an unlawful device, did not possess the required licenses and violated several safety zones. The investigation is still on going, but the individual is looking at multiple citations for the violations.

Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports participation on the opener of the WMU 2B archery season was limited by the warm weather. Hunters who did venture afield were commenting on the bugs, sweating, and the concern of spoilage of meat if a deer was harvested.

Fayette County Game Warden Brandon Bonin reports a traffic stop was conducted after watching the operator of a vehicle spotlight a field at 11:46 p.m. The stop resulted in charges filed for carrying a concealed pistol without a permit, spotlighting while in possession of a firearm and spotlighting for game/wildlife after 11 p.m.

Fayette County Game Warden Brandon Bonin reports an individual was found guilty at a hearing of operating an ATV on Hunter Access property and failure to have/display registration on his ATV.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Shawn Greevy reports charges are soon to be filed against an individual who breached the gate at the entrance of a protected cave on State Game Land 51.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Shawn Greevy reports investigating a vehicle that drove past multiple closure signs on a trail on co-op property that leads to vents for a large subsurface mine. 

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
From the Game Commission

Blair and Bedford counties Game Warden Brandon Pfister reports that two Blair County men have pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, possession of beer, and camping overnight on game lands. Both men incurred charges totaling over $600 in fines.  

Blair County Game Warden Michael College reports an eagle that had been rescued from Raystown Lake has been rehabilitated and successfully released. 

York County Game Warden Cameron M. Murphy is investigating more illegal dumping on State Game Land 416. There are several suspects in the latest incidents of dumping. The investigation is ongoing. 

NORTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Lackawanna County Game Warden Eric Kelly reports a large number of vehicles unlawfully accessing State Game Land 300. Increased patrols will take place.

Montour and Northumberland counties Game Warden Jared Turner reports information is being sought related to the dumping of hundreds of styrofoam egg cartons on State Game Land 115 in Danville. Information can be provided to the Game Commission’s Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143.

SOUTHEAST REGION
From the Game Commission

Berks County Game Warden Alex Murray reports an Oley Township woman was recently charged and convicted of keeping a live fawn and other Pennsylvania wildlife at her residence. The fawn was taken to Red Creek Wildlife Center for care.  

Berks County Game Warden Ryan L. Zawada reports locating several active baited hunting locations within his district, several of which were still baited within 30 days of the start of the early archery season.

Bucks County Game Warden Hannah Robinson reports investigating the unlawful taking of an antlered deer head in Bristol Township.  

Bucks County Game Warden Shawna Burkett reports that the dove hunting pressure has been light through the first week of the season despite lots of doves flying around. The clean-up effort after Hurricane Ida has undoubtedly had an impact on people being able to get out.

Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports that in June an Elverson woman was charged for the third time in a two-year period for unlawfully riding a horse on state game lands. She has a history of boldly defying game lands regulations and being argumentative and uncooperative when interacting with game wardens. She has also enabled friends to unlawfully access state game lands by horse from her property, which is adjacent to game lands. Since she has not yet responded to her most recent summons, a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports investigating two incidents where potentially a flamethrower-type device has been used at State Game Land 43 rifle range. In one incident, the flamethrower was reported to have been used behind the firing line to light trash on fire while other shooters were present and actively using the range. In the other, some target points were found burnt in a manner consistent with such a device. These devices have recently become available, and while possession of them is not necessarily unlawful, they serve no place on state game lands and the manner in which they were used is, of course, a risk to persons and property. Anyone seeing any activity with devices such as this are urged to gather as much information as possible and pass it on to the Game Commission quickly.

Chester County Game Warden Rebecca Wolfe reports that an individual was cited for advertising herself as a wildlife rehabber without the required licenses or permits. Her post was discovered on a public website where the individual explained, “If a rehab center can’t take them I WILL.” She admitted to taking in wild rabbits and possums in the past. Warden Wolfe reminds that it is unlawful to possess game or wildlife, and if sick or injured wildlife is found to contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission. 

Dauphin County Game Warden Russell Kreider reports that two men were charged with camping on State Game Land 211. They were in possession of alcohol as well as drug paraphernalia. Camping, as well as the possession of alcohol or drugs, is prohibited on state game lands.  

Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham responded to a call to a local police department incident where an individual reported hearing first a gunshot and then the projectile striking a neighbor’s home. During the investigation, it was discovered that an individual shot at a red-tailed hawk with a high-powered .177 caliber pellet rifle but missed. The pellet penetrated the vent cap on the roof of the nearby home, causing damage. The suspect was located and during the interview admitted the attempt to shoot the hawk. The pellet rifle was seized as evidence. Criminal charges are pending, including the possibility of reckless endangerment, shooting into an occupied dwelling and disorderly conduct, as well as game law charges for violating safety zone requirements, unlawful taking or killing of game or wildlife and damage to property. The suspect made claims the hawk was trying to feed on birds at his bird feeder. “This is a perfect example of when you create an artificial feeding location that Mother Nature’s food chain is always present,” Graham said.

Lancaster County Game Warden Daniel Gibble reports charging a Tennessee male with a loaded firearm in a vehicle at the White Oak picnic area at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. The individual had a loaded Henry lever action .22 with one round in the chamber and 10 in the magazine sitting on his passenger seat. He stated that he was groundhog hunting earlier in the day. The encounter occurred after dark, and there were spotlights in the vehicle. 

Lebanon County Game Warden Derek Spitler reports an ongoing investigation of the possession of a wallaby in Lebanon County. The wallaby was captured and taken to a properly licensed facility. It is thought to have been unlawfully possessed and transported into Pennsylvania. 

Montgomery County Game Warden Raymond Madden reports multiple cases in the county have been completed regarding numerous game lands violations, ranging from possessing alcohol on the game lands to littering.

Northampton County Game Warden Brad Kreider reports Bethlehem City Police found a dead deer after responding to a call that shots were fired. Through cooperation by Bethlehem Police, an investigation resulted in multiple charges being filed by the Game Commission. 

Schuylkill County Game Warden Jason Macunas reports two Pine Grove residents recently pleaded guilty to violations stemming from the previous firearms deer season. The charges included: unlawful taking of game/wildlife, shooting across highways, using a vehicle to locate game and safety zone violations, resulting in more than $2,400 in fines and potential hunting license revocation. 

Schuylkill County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports that several individuals received citations for riding all-terrain vehicles on Schuylkill Municipal Authority property.

Schuylkill County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports that several individuals received warnings for not have the proper registration plate on their all-terrain vehicle.

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