|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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Field Officer Reports - February 12, 2016
Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant reports observing several eagles in the area of the Susquehanna River between Williamsport and Muncy.
Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray reports an individual was found guilty for hunting while on revocation during the 2015 rifle deer season.
Centre and Clinton counties WCO Dan Murray reports that a non-resident was found guilty of hunting and killing a bear without the required license. Along with fines and penalties, the hunter also will have to pay $1,500 in replacement costs for the bear.
Potter and McKean counties WCO Tom Sabolcik recently discovered four traps set for beaver that either were not tagged or did not have the required tags above the ice or water line as required. One citation and three warnings were issued.
Potter and McKean counties WCO Tom Sabolcik and DWCO Dale Thielges recently resolved a beaver complaint in Sharon Township, Potter County. The beavers had built their dam halfway under a bridge, and all the way to the top. In 20-degree weather, the officers tore out a portion of the dam relieving the pressure from the bridge. Seemingly out of nowhere a trapper came forward and asked if he and his 11-year-old son could trap the area. I got permission from the owners to allow trappers to trap the area. The next day I checked to see if the water level was still down and I took the opportunity to check their traps and I was glad to see that they had indeed caught a nice 30-pound beaver.
Elk County WCO Jason Wagner reports that he recently euthanized black bear that was severely infected with mange taking up residence in an abandoned dog house. The bear was the third put down in eastern Elk County in the last eight months. A fourth bear had been photographed and reported, but never seen again. Residents are encouraged to call the appropriate Game Commission region office to report sightings of bears that show signs of mange, especially when observed on multiple occasions.
Lycoming and Union counties LMS Thomas Smith reports this interesting fact: the kinetic energy for an average cock pheasant traveling at its maximum speed can be found using the formula 1/2mv2. With 2.6 pounds of mass and 60 mph velocity, we find the kinetic engery equals one smashed double-pane wire-reinforced Food & Cover maintenance building window.
Lycoming and Union counties LMO Thomas M. Smith reports, for the second year in a row, the Jersey Shore Middle School’s Outdoors Club constructed rabbit brush piles on State Game Lands 252 using recycled Christmas trees. These trees are collected and wrapped after the holidays by the Montoursville and Muncy Lions Clubs as a fundraiser. Rabbits and other small critters then benefit using these brush piles as escape cover from predators and the winter elements.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reports that a Pottsville man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an incident that occurred on Nov. 20. A game commission maintenance worker observed the actor operating a vehicle on a closed road. The incident took place on State Game Lands 75 near English Center. The defendant was ordered to pay a fine of $200.
Potter County WCO Mark Fair reports seeing many active beaver sites throughout the Susquehannock State Forest in southern Potter County. There seems to be more beavers this year than in the previous decade. Also, consider beaver trapping in the Allegany River from Coudersport to Port Allegany.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that he and LES Rick Macklem filed charges against a Roulette man for shooting a deer out the driver’s window of the vehicle. A hunter who witnessed the act reported it.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports a nonresident from Indiana pleaded guilty to shooting twice at a deer decoy during the rifle deer season. He did this from the passenger’s seat of the vehicle. He stated his brother was going to tag it because he didn’t have a license.
Tioga County WCO Robert Minnich reports that in January he attended law enforcement meetings, investigated several violations, and began to monitor eagle and osprey nesting sites for activity. Eagles have started to show some nest-building activity but ospreys typically do not arrive back in this area until late March to April. Minnich also has been getting reports of bears still moving or of an occasional road-killed bear.
WCO Robert Minnich, Tioga County has been surprised at the number of fur takers out this year with the price of furs down and the mild weather, no snow, making targeting animals tougher. But unfortunately not all the fur takers are keeping up with the laws/regulations before they go out and I have had as many violations this year as I have had in the past several years combined. Just like hunting make sure to check your equipment before putting it out there and to make notations as to where all your equipment is placed so when collecting nothing is left behind.
Potter and Tioga counties LMS Denise Mitcheltree observed a male bluebird on Feb. 1 at an elevation of 1,800 feet. It was her earliest personal observation to date.
Centre and Clinton counties LMS Eric Erdman reports that, with the mild winter early in 2016, the Food and Cover Corps has been able to easily access and work on habitat improvements in areas not usually accessible. Depending on what happens in the next few weeks, the prescribed fire season could start earlier than most years, as well.
Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports that multiple individuals were cited for loaded firearms in vehicles throughout the hunting season. Loaded firearms in vehicles not only can result in a fine of up to $300, but most importantly, it is a major safety concern. A reminder to hunters to make sure firearms are unloaded before placing the firearm in a vehicle.
Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports that, during the past hunting season, while hiking on state property, he had encountered many grouse on multiple occasions throughout different parts of Clinton County.
Cameron County WCO Wayne A. Hunt, reports receiving numerous sightings and photographs of antlered deer which survived the season. Some are large bucks that are sure to be trophy class this year.
Potter County WCO Bill Ragosta reports things clearly have slowed down since the big-game seasons closed, but violations still continue to occur. In addition to a number of furtaking violations, Ragosta recently filed a citation against an individual who scattered rubbish on the game lands.
Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that two new Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer candidates have successfully passed their entrance exams and physical-agility tests, and will now be preparing to complete other training requirements.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer noticed an increase volume of recreational users on the state game lands system during routine patrol on Jan. 23. The majority of the individuals were removing their tree stands from the field. Game lands regulations require tree stands and portable blinds be removed from game lands and other properties under the control of the Game Commission no later than two weeks following the conclusion of the final deer season in an area. Hunters should be reminded that if the stands are left unoccupied after this deadline, they shouldn’t be surprised if the stands are missing come next hunting season.
Tioga County WCO Steve Brussese reports an individual has pleaded guilty to charges filed against him for shooting an antlerless deer from the road on the last day of the flintlock season. The deer also was located through the use of the vehicle the defendant was driving at the time. A local resident observed the violation and played a significant role in the successful prosecution of this defendant.
Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reported that, while investigating a report of some illegal tree stands on private property during rifle deer season, he encountered a hunter 86 yards from a residence. The hunter did not know whose land he was on, but said he had been hunting the land for years. The hunter was cited for hunting in a safety zone.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reports that a Wilmington, Del. man and a Chadds Ford, Pa. man recently pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an incident that occurred in Pine Township, Lycoming County on the last day of the firearms deer season. The two men placed corn in view of a tree stand on the evening of Dec. 11. One of the men was found hunting in the tree stand on Dec. 12. The men each were ordered to pay a fine of $200.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reports a husband and wife from the Williamsport area pleaded guilty to charges as a result of an incident that occurred in Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County. On the morning of Dec. 5, Krebs discovered the pair hunting inside a blind on private property off Northway Road Extension. The area in front of the blind was heavily baited, and the pair were not displaying required fluorescent orange. Further investigation revealed that neither of the two individuals had completed a required Hunter-Trapper Education course prior to purchasing a license. It also was discovered that one of the couple’s minor children obtained a license without completing Hunter-Trapper Education, and unlawfully killed an antlered 8-point buck. The couple was charged with numerous game-law violations and was ordered to pay fines totaling $950. The two now face revocation of their hunting and furtaking privileges.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reported that a Cheltenham, Pa. man was found guilty of charges stemming from an incident that occurred along Roaring Branch Road in Jackson Township, Lycoming County. On Dec. 4, Krebs and Land Management Supervisor Cliff Guindon encountered a successful hunter who had just harvested a deer. During a routine license check, Guindon discovered a loaded 30-40 Krag rifle leaning against his vehicle. The man was found guilty at trial before Magisterial District Judge William Solomon on Jan. 7 and ordered to pay a $100 fine.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reported that a Watsontown man was found guilty at trial on Jan. 7. The man was charged as a result of an incident that occurred on the property of the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority in Armstrong Township, Lycoming County. During a routine license check, Krebs discovered the man was carrying an antlerless deer tag that had already been used. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine for the offense.