|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
Open Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:00PM
Phone: (570) 398-4744, (570) 398-4745
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Prescribed Burn Units for State Game Land 176
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Field Officer Reports - August 14, 2015
Tioga County WCO Steve Brussese reports that all of this year's Hunter-Trapper Education courses in the northern part of Tioga County can be online and open for registration. Classes are filling up fast, though, so prospective hunters should register early.
Potter County WCO Tom Sabolcik reports that, while patrolling over the Fourth of July on State Game Lands 59, he stopped and issued citations to several people for unlawful ATV use. Since these patrols began, there has been a noticeable decrease in ATV activity on the Game Lands.
Potter County WCO Tom Sabolcik and DWCO Dale Thielges responded to a report of two deer that had been shot near Port Allegany. One deer was clearly visible in a mowed field near Route 6. Upon questioning, the occupant of the house admitted shooting the deer to protect his garden. An inspection of the area revealed only one dead deer, according to witnesses a bear had carried off the second deer; picking it up much like a forklift. Since it was now dark and it is never a good idea to try and take a meal away from a bear, we came back the next day. We found the second deer about 80 yards into the nearby woods. The shooter claimed that deer had been damaging the garden for three years and that he had installed a small electric fence the year before, but it didn't keep the deer out. He made no attempt to fence the garden this year and instead hid at the end of his property and watched the deer cross 100 yards of open field before he shot both with a .22 rifle. Charges will be filed against him for the unlawful killing of two deer.
Potter County WCO Tom Sabolcik reports that, after filing charges against several people for driving four-wheel-drive trucks across several farm fields, he received several hearing notices. The drivers who damaged the fields understood having to pay the fines, but they did not want to pay damages to the landowners. I explained to them that it would cost the landowner several hundreds of dollars in fuel alone to repair the damages they caused. Their only defense was that they did not know anybody owned the fields.
Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant reports many mature and immature bald eagles are being observed throughout Lycoming County.
Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt, reports investigating two incidents of exotic wildlife possession during the month of July. One case dealt with a wolf hybrid, and the other a sugar glider. Charges are pending.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reports a Montgomery man recently pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from an incident that occurred on April 5. On that date, Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Frank Bennett discovered a raccoon in a foothold trap. The incident occurred on the property of the White Deer Golf Course located along West Blind Road in Clinton Township, Lycoming County. Deputy Bennett was able to release the raccoon unharmed. The defendant was cited for violating one count of unlawful acts concerning taking of furbearers. The trap was set during a closed season. The season for trapping raccoons closed on Feb. 22. The defendant entered a guilty plea was ordered to pay a fine of $125.
Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that calls and sightings of bears has dramatically increased this year in Union County, which should bode well for hunters during the season.
McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble reports an increase in bear activity. People are reminded to keep food sources such as trash, birdfeeders, and – for campers – any food supplies safely secured so bears cannot reach them. People also are reminded not to feed bears. The act of feeding bears is dangerous and illegal. Following these rules will minimize negative encounters with bears not only for you, but for your neighbors as well.
Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports that two individuals have pleaded guilty to dumping and littering violations on State Game Lands 25. Additionally, Food and Cover workers have been diligently working to make repairs to state game lands gates, and installing locks. Their efforts contributed to successfully catching and charging two St. Marys residents who were operating Jeeps on closed roads after dark when they found themselves behind a locked gate.
Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports charges are pending against individuals who drove on a closed State Game Lands road in Spring Creek Township, Elk County. The road spans across State Game Lands 44 into State Game Lands 54 in Jefferson County. The area is being targeted for enforcement due to a bridge closure on the main road, which has increased the amount of unlawful traffic on the closed game lands road. Gates are installed at both ends of the road. Individuals are reminded that roads that are posted closed to motorized vehicles, are closed regardless of whether a gate is open. Individuals using this road have been observed opening and closing the gates and proceeding unlawfully.
Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray, reports that several charges were filed for game lands violations.
Lycoming and Union counties LMO Thomas M. Smith reports that the Game Commission has secured outside funding to construct six wheelchair-accessible archery ranges across the state. Each of the six Game Commission regions will receive one range, the Northcentral Region has selected State Game Lands 252, located on the border of Lycoming and Union counties, as the site for its range.
Potter and Tioga counties Land Manager Denise Mitcheltree reports that the Food and Cover crews have begun mowing the hundreds of acres of clover-covered wildlife openings within their assigned areas. These "foodplots" occur on state game lands, state forests, Fish and Boat Commission lands, and Hunter Access properties across Potter and Tioga counties, which provide valuable wildlife foraging throughout spring, summer, fall and early winter.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports a person was warned for intentionally feeding black bears at a camp in close proximity to State Game Lands 90. An inspection of the property revealed a large bear sitting down at a picnic table and foraging upon a large pile of sunflower seeds. Trapping efforts are underway in this particular area to deter to the bears from this unlawful activity. Five bears have been trapped and relocated to a remote area of the state due to the camp members' unnecessary actions.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against an individual for shooting a black bear out of season.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports he and WCO Skyler Gibble removed two large male bears and a female with two cubs from campgrounds due to several homes in that area getting broken into by bears. This is a result of campers feeding bears and leading them to develop bad habits.
Potter County WCO Mark Fair, reports receiving multiple reports of bears with mange. Mange has been observed in places including the Cross Fork, Cherry Springs, Coudersport and Austin areas. Please do not feed bears or place wildlife feed out. These feeders can be sources for the spread of the mange mites.
Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reports he received a call about five dead bats in a driveway and road. With the white-nose syndrome and other diseases out there, this was a concern because there were several bats in a small area. The bats were collected and submitted to the Game Commission veterinarian for testing for cause of death. The test results indicated that the bats had several lacerations on them, similar to those that would be caused by a cat.