|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 - November 20, 2015
Elk County WCO Susan Edmiston reports two dogs were caught in unlawfully set body-gripping traps on the opening day of the raccoon, fox, and coyote trapping seasons. The traps were set at both ends of a dry culvert pipe passing under a road within the Allegheny National Forest. Dog food was placed as bait inside the pipe. The dogs survived and were taken for veterinary care, and the violation was reported to the Northcentral Region Office. The trapper, a 14-year-old junior who was targeting raccoon, was identified by a trap tag on one trap. The youth was told body-gripping traps are only lawful when set in a waterway. A citation and written warnings were issued.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reports promising conditions heading into the bear seasons. He had seen many bears while patrolling, and archery deer hunters also had reported many bear sightings.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reported that two individuals were cited for hunting through the use of bait in the Cogan Station area. One also was cited for the possession of an unlawfully taken deer. Charges are pending.
Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reports that one of the forestry rangers with whom he works made contact with a hunter who had two loaded muzzleloaders in his vehicle. On top of those violations, he also had a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI. The subject mentioned that he didn’t think anyone cared because he was driving on dirt roads.
Potter County WCO Mark Fair reports darting and relocating a bear along Route 6 in Galeton. The 73-pound female was feeding on acorns along the road and was a public safety hazard. State Police in Coudersport assisted with traffic control and illuminating the bear for proper dart placement.
Clinton County WCO Kirk Miller reports multiple individuals were cited for hunting deer in archery season through the use of bait. Charges have been filed and the individuals could face fines totaling up to $300.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges were filed against several individuals for hunting over bait and causing damage to trees.
McKean County WCO Jeffrey Orwig reports that, with help from WCOs Skyler Gibble, Tom Sabolcik, Mark Fair and Information and Education Supervisor Doty McDowell, an ATV detail resulted in several charges filed against individuals for illegal use of ATVs.
Union County WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports he watched as a mature bald eagle led a juvenile to a carcass in a field and circled overhead as the youngster had his meal.
Potter County WCO William Ragosta reports a busy law-enforcement season so far. Violations have included unlawfully taken deer, hunting in a baited area, hunting unaccompanied, fluorescent-orange violations and trapping violations. In addition, several big-game violations are still being investigated.
Tioga County WCO Steve Brussese reports several hunters have been observed this season not wearing the proper amount of fluorescent orange, and hunting with unplugged shotguns. “I encourage all hunters to double check their shotguns for plugs, and know the orange requirements before heading afield.”
Lycoming and Union counties LMO Thomas M. Smith reports the Game Commission will be working with the Union County Conservation District on a stream-restoration project on Spring Creek along the southern boundary of State Game Lands 252. The project, which is in the planning and permitting phase, will include bank-stabilization devices and water-flow deflectors that will protect the stream channel, reduce silt deposits, and benefit fish populations.
Potter and McKean counties WCO Tom Sabolcik, along with WCO Jeff Orwig, recently ran a successful decoy operation in the Susquehannok State Forest. Two individuals were cited for locating game by use of a motorized vehicle and possessing a loaded firearm in a motorized vehicle.
Potter and McKean counties WCO Tom Sabolcik, along with WCO Mark Fair, recently stopped and cited seven individuals for operating ATVs and dirt bikes on a Forest Game cooperator property. The company recently cleaned up the area, but there is a considerable amount of trash and debris accumulating on the property. Patrols will continue in the area.
Potter and McKean counties WCO Tom Sabolcik reports that, while on night patrol recently in Potter County, he cited two individuals for late spotlighting.
Lycoming County WCO Jonathan M. Wyant reports many deer, including a few large bucks, were seen and taken by archery and muzzleloader hunters.
Tioga County WCO Rodney Mee reports he had to euthanize several bears with severe cases of mange. Many bears in the western half of Tioga County have been infected with the mite through bait piles and birdfeeders. Bears transfer the mange mite at these locations. Mee notes also that the disease can be contracted by humans and pets that come in contact with the mites being shed by the bear.
McKean County WCO Skyler Gibble reports two individuals were charged for hunting within a safety zone. Hunters are reminded barns or equipment sheds are included in the safety zone.