|Bradley J. Myers, Director
Serving the following Counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, York
8627 William Penn Highway
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Open Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:00PM
Phone: (814) 643-1831, (814) 643-1835
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Public Shooting Ranges in the Southcentral Region
Field Officer Reports - July 17, 2015
Berks County WCO Matt Teehan comments that, in addition to regular daily duties that include training, special permits and Hunter-Trapper Education classes, he has handled special "details" and served several search warrants this month. "It has proven to be a typical "long season" most officers deal with," he said. "The "long season" begins with the close of the last day of big-game seasons and ends with the beginning of the early dove and goose seasons; approximately seven months. The "short season" typically is our hunting seasons. Most people think this is when we are our busiest and don't typically have much to do when hunting seasons end. Depending on our district, the long season is just that – it never seems to end and we are actually busy during this time period of the year."
Bucks County WCO Shawna Burkett reports that charges are pending against two males who were found to be using marijuana on State Game Lands 157 in Haycock Township. Possessing alcohol or drug paraphernalia on state game lands can lead to a citation with a minimum fine of $100.
Bucks County WCO Ellyn Henry reports that a defendant pleaded guilty for bringing three baby raccoons into the residence. "As a reminder to all, it is unlawful to possess live wildlife removed from its natural habitat without a permit issued by the Game Commission for specific purposes," she said
Delaware County WCO Justin Ritter reports that an individual has pleaded guilty to one count of the unlawful killing or taking of a big-game animal, one count of the use of unlawful devices and methods, one count of shooting on or across highways, and one count of a safety-zone violation. The total amount of penalties is $1,650.
Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that, with the assistance of state Fish and Boat Commission WCO Jeff Schmidt and two boaters, an immature bald eagle was rescued from an island in the Susquehanna River. The eagle couldn't fly due to a wing injury and was subsequently taken to a rehabilitator. "This is an excellent example of a cooperative effort by the boaters and both conservation agencies," he said. "Thanks to all who assisted."
Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham recently assisted with barn-owl banding. Four juveniles were banded. "This will hopefully result in information that will help to manage barn-owl populations, which are dipping from previous years," he said.
Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that numerous citations have been filed for using or possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia, along with using or possessing alcohol and camping on State Game Lands 211.
Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that numerous citations have been filed for riding mountain bikes on State Game Lands 145 on areas and trails that are clearly marked closed to such activities.
Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Tyler Kreider reports that a black bear with an estimated live weight of 422 pounds was successfully tranquilized and removed from center city Bethlehem without incident. The bear was handled as a cub in New Jersey in 2011 at a weight of 5.4 pounds. "I transported the bear to state game lands with suitable bear habitat where it was released a considerable distance away from any populated areas," he said.
Montgomery County WCO Raymond Madden reports it is extremely important for those individuals who hunt in Montgomery County to read the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest that's issued to hunters at the time they buy their licenses. WMUs 5C and 5D have been redrawn, and there is a new boundary line between them. "As a hunter, you are responsible for having the correct license and with the boundary-line change, it is imperative you know which area you are going to be hunting within," he said.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports there has been an increasing number of turkey vultures and black vultures in the area, which increases the calls and complaints about both species. He also reports that additional calls are coming in about black bears, which are on the move and some aggressive red-tailed hawks protecting their young.