|Pat Anderson, Director
Serving the following Counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland
4820 Route 711
Bolivar, PA 15923
Open Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:00PM
Phone: (724) 238-9523, (724) 238-9524
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Field Officer Reports - July 1, 2015
Allegheny County WCO Tom Kline reports that ATV enforcement is stepping up in the summer months on Game Commission-controlled lands. Not only is it unlawful to operate ATVs on these lands, operators too often are found in possession of alcohol. It is also unlawful not only to consume but to merely possess alcohol on Game Commission-controlled property. Please have a safe and wonderful summer.
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that as of July 1, a new license year has begun and those using shooting ranges on state game lands need to have a new, valid range-use permits or current hunting or furtaker licenses. Both are on sale now and can be purchased from the Game Commission's website.
Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports two Ohio residents were cited for operating motorized vehicles on Hunter Access property in Big Beaver Borough. "With the assistance of state police and Ohio DNR, the subjects were tracked down after their trucks were left on the property when one became stuck in a creek bottom. The license plates had been removed and officers had to use other methods in identifying the owners. The owners removed the trucks several days later," he said.
Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports that an Ohioville Borough resident recently pleaded guilty to harvesting a second spring gobbler without the required additional gobbler tag. The subject harvested an immature "jake" gobbler on the opening day and then harvested a mature gobbler three days later.
Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports several citations were issued for ATV use near Lake Wilma, which is Hunter Access property. ATV use continues to be a problem in this area.
Indiana County WCO Nathaniel Kimmel reports that white-tailed deer have been on the move recently, with increased numbers throughout WMUs 2D and 2E. "While patrolling throughout the northern Indiana County district, I have seen a multitude of deer frequently on the move and in good numbers. With that, the calls regarding "injured" and "abandoned" fawns have also increased," he said. "Though it sometimes seems like the right thing to do, it is against the law to remove wildlife from the wild. Always call your local Game Commission regional office when you have questions about wildlife that appears to be injured or abandoned before taking any further action."
Somerset County WCO Zack Edwards reports that ATVs and UTVs are becoming more and more common for people to own, especially those in more rural areas. "Along with more people out for a ride, it is becoming more common for people to look to large tracts of land to ride their new machines. Though it is an excuse, many people who end up riding on private property or property such as game lands and Hunter Access tracts that closed to those types of vehicles will say, "I didn't think anyone owned this," or "I don't know who owns this." This is not a valid excuse and riders should always be aware of where they are riding. Asking permission from landowners is always a must and remember that Game Lands are always closed to ATVs," he said.
Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that citations continue to be filed for individuals who are operating both vehicles and ATVs on areas of State Game Lands 111 where their use prohibited.