Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 22, 2021

From the Game Commission

McKean County Game Warden Heath Hilbert reports several instances of individuals feeding deer in their backyards, which has drawn in bears, creating nuisance problems for the entire neighborhood.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that two Kane residents pleaded guilty to fleeing and alluding, avoiding inspection from an officer and attempting to unlawfully kill big game. They will pay fines, along with restitution for $10,000 in damages.

Tioga County Game Warden Thomas Nelson reports many individuals he’s talked with have seen many cinnamon-phase bears in northern Tioga County. A cinnamon bear is just a color phase of a black bear. 

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports successfully prosecuting two Ridgway individuals for dumping in two separate areas on State Game Land 44. The individuals were notified by Ridgway Borough to remove rubbish from their property, then proceeded to place it along one game lands road and along the Rails to Trails though the game lands. One also was cited for removing stone from the game lands parking area. Fines and costs for the pair totaled $1,077.75

Clearfield County Game Warden Thomas Henry reports individuals have been cited for feeding deer within the CWD Disease Management Area.

Centre County Game Warden Dan Murray reports that charges are pending for violations of various state game lands regulations. Riding bikes and horses on trails open only to foot travel are among the pending charges. 

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports a person was in possession of exotic wildlife without the proper permits.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports a person killed a turkey with an AR rifle a week prior to start of spring turkey season.

Centre County Game Warden Tyler Hegedus reports that, as it gets deeper into hunting season, public shooting ranges become busier. Multiple citations have been filed for shooting range violations. If you are using a Pennsylvania Game Commission shooting range be sure know the rules and regulations first.

Tioga County Game Warden Rob Minnich reports many hunters have reported seeing game and getting pictures from trail cameras. These include many nice bucks and bear. Turkeys are being seen more frequently. Food sources look to be good, so wildlife  should be able to fatten up before winter arrives.

Tioga County Game Warden Michael Smith reports there are doves all throughout Tioga County’s farm fields, with very little hunting pressure. He also has found multiple baited areas that he’ll be checking this season. 

Lycoming County Game Warden Jonathan Wyant reminds hunters to check their antlerless deer licenses to make sure they are signed and all information is correct. 

Centre County Game Warden Shawn Seeley reports multiple individuals are being charged with possession of controlled substances after being found with multiple drugs and paraphernalia while fishing in Bald Eagle State Park.

Lycoming County Game Warden Richard Lee reports bat encounters inside residences are on the rise reminds homeowners to refrain from handling bats, which can carry and spread rabies. If for any reason you must capture or move a bat, wear leather gloves and avoid any direct contact, he advises.

McKean County Game Warden Benjamin Johnson reports individuals cutting down trees on state game lands, which is unlawful.

From the Game Commission

Franklin County Game Warden Trevor Shauf reports he has issued warnings for feeding in a DMA. Additionally, he is looking for info on a red Chevy in the Shippensburg area from an incident where a goose was shot and killed with lead shot. 

Adams County Game Warden Taylor Knash reports dove and goose seasons were quiet, and all field checked individuals were lawful.  

Juniata County Game Warden Timothy L. Wenrich reports that a citation was issued to a person who unlawfully possessed a fawn. 

York County Game Warden Justin Ritter reports an individual was charged for hunting through the use of bait. 

Cumberland County Game Warden John Fetchkan reports that baited tree-stands and DMA violations are being investigated. Citations have been filed for some of the offenses. 

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