|Barry Zaffuto, Director
Serving the following Counties:Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Union
1566 South Route 44 Highway
P.O. Box 5038
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
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7:30AM - 4:00PM
Phone: (570) 398-4744, (570) 398-4745
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Field Officer Reports - June 19, 2015
McKean County WCO Tom Sabolcik and DWCO Dale Thielges recently responded to a complaint concerning vandalism of several Collins Pine gates, and another about four-wheel-drive vehicles driving off road and causing damage. In all, five vehicles were found on the property and the operators of those vehicles were issued citations. One vehicle had to be towed off the property, and the operators of the two vehicles could be responsible for damages totaling over $1,000.
McKean County, WCO Tom Sabolcik recently was successful in prosecuting two individuals for the unlawful dumping of trash on lands open to public hunting. Both pleaded guilty and, most importantly, both dumping areas were cleaned up.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports conducting four compliance checks on the opening day of spring-turkey season. Three out of the four hunters had committed violations that ranged from hunting through the use of bait to failure to properly tag big-game animals. All subjects pleaded guilty to their infractions and the hunters that violated the tagging requirements did not possess a second spring turkey tag.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that a spring-turkey hunter was confronted in the act of killing a timber rattlesnake within the Moshannon State Forest. The actor discharged his shotgun four times into this poisonous snake. Information related to the case was forwarded to the state Fish and Boat Commission for prosecution. The defendant was charged for killing the snake out of season and failure to obtain the proper permit.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reminds successful turkey hunters to report their harvests, as required by law. Hunters have three methods to report. They can use the report card supplied in the Hunting & Trapping Digest, report electronically through the Game Commission's website, or phone their report to 1-855-PAHUNT1.
Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that he has cited a man for the third time for hunting while on revocation.
Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant reports seeing fawns all around Lycoming County. Several people have reported seeing many sets of twins, as well.
Tioga County WCO Steve Brussese reports an individual has been charged with and pleaded guilty to shooting at game or wildlife on the Sunday following the opening day of spring gobbler season. As part of the same case, the individual also was charged with and pleaded guilty to locating game or wildlife though the use of a motorized vehicle.
Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich reports that May has been another busy month with many different things occurring. He patrolled his district for turkey season, handled bear and beaver complaints, worked on bear traps, delivered tree seedlings, handled multiple road-killed wildlife including deer, bear, otter and red-tailed hawk, processed a mistake-kill turkey and attended events including the Tioga County Envirothon, Environmental Awareness Days, Arnot Sportsman's Club JAKES Day and Hills Creek State Park Spring Fest.
Tioga County WCO Robert F. Minnich reports he had a hearing involving a New York resident who was not eligible to purchase a hunting license in Pennsylvania or New York due to previous violations. He hunted in both states this past season and killed a deer in Pennsylvania. "Working with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers Toni Dargotta and Steve Farrand, we found multiple violations in Pennsylvania. On the day of the hearing, the defendant pleaded guilty to three charges and was fined $3,000. He could lose his license in multiple states for up to 15 years.
Centre and Clinton counties Land Management Group Supervisor Eric Erdman reports that spring habitat and infrastructure projects on state game lands in Centre and Clinton counties are in full swing. Some of the projects include native warm-season-grass establishment, grading roads and parking areas, and planting herbaceous openings. Rain or shine, this is always a busy time.
McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble reports that two individuals were found hunting turkey without their licenses. Gibble would like to remind all hunters to make sure they have a valid hunting license with them before entering the woods.
Centre County WCO Michael Ondik reports he checked many nice toms during the spring-turkey season, and no hunting related shooting incidents were reported in his district. Additionally, only a couple of warnings needed to be issued for some minor violations.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports several individuals were cited for riding ATVs illegally on state game lands and lands enrolled in the Game Commission's Hunter Access program.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against a hunter found in the field with a used spring turkey tag
Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports an individual was cited for riding at ATV on a closed road on State Game Lands 25 near Glen Hazel. ATV use on game lands is prohibited, with the exception of certain access roads for disabled persons with the proper permit. Illegal ATV use on game lands is not just a problem when riders begin creating rogue trails and destroying habitat. Continual ATV use can disturb many wildlife species on lands that were purchased not for ATV riding, and not just for hunting, but for the protection of wildlife itself.
Tioga County WCO Rodney Mee reports he assisted Waterways Conservation Officer Emmett Kyler in apprehending two fishermen that took nearly three times the daily limit of minnows in local streams. One fisherman was using the minnows as bait, while the second was using them to feed trout in his personal pond.
Potter and Tioga counties Land Manager Denise Mitcheltree reports that the Food and Cover crews sorted and delivered nearly 9,000 seedlings to Hunter Access properties in the Farm-Game landowner program. The seedlings are grown by the Game Commission's own Howard Nursery to provide valuable wildlife food and cover. Species included six conifers, 20 berry-producing shrubs, and eight oak varieties.
Potter and Tioga counties Land Manager Denise Mitcheltree reports the Food and Cover crew observed several fawns, including a set of twins, on the first day of June, while planting wildlife openings on the game lands in Tioga County.
Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports multiple bears have been seen along Coudersport Pike, north of Lock Haven.
Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt reports a successful prosecution of a St. Marys man for driving a motor vehicle on the newly established West Creek Recreational Rails to Trails. "The individual was in there with a metal detector digging artifacts and removing them from State Game Lands 293." He also was in possession of stolen property in the form of a PennDOT road sign.
Clinton County WCO Dan Murray reports two individuals were charged for dumping on lands open to public hunting and trapping.
Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reports that a Mill Hall man has pleaded guilty to charges for killing a bear during closed season, and then attempting to have another person tag the bear. Cole states that the man will be paying $4,500 in fines and restitution
Potter County WCO Bill Ragosta reports having cited a man for attempting to take an additional spring gobbler after he had already filled his only turkey tag, as well as for hunting with an unplugged shotgun. Another man was cited when his two pit bulls killed a whitetail fawn.
Union County LMO Thomas M. Smith reports invasive mile-a-minute has been found on State Game Lands 193 and 252. An extremely aggressive plant, mile-a-minute grows as much as 6 inches a day covering native vegetation and a single plant can produce 2,000 seeds. To help control its spread, 500 Asian weevils, Rhinocominus latipes, were released on each of the game lands. These small, 2 mm weevils feed only on mile-a-minute in their native county and have been introduced in at least 10 states as form of biocontrol. Not only do they eat the leaves, their larvae burrow into the stems to kill the plant and prevent the release of seeds.
Potter County WCO Mark Fair reports that approximately 12 different bears from Potter County have been reported by the public to have symptoms of mange. Wildlife feeders are areas where the mange mites are shed from infested bears and picked up by healthy bears.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reported that two men were recently found guilty in a trial before Magisterial District Judge Gary Whiteman for their part in the unlawful killing of a deer. The incident occurred in December along Northway Road in Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County. One of the actors shot and wounded an antlerless deer, even though he didn't have an antlerless license. The wounded deer ran into a safety zone, where a second member of the hunting party shot the deer twice. One of the shots was fired directly toward a home. The two defendants were charged with the unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, and one of the defendants was charged with a safety-zone violation. At the conclusion of trial, the defendants were ordered to pay $1,200 in fines. A third defendant was charged with assisting the two and pleaded guilty prior to trial. That defendant was ordered to pay $600 in fines. The three men now face the revocation of their hunting and trapping privileges.