|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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Field Officer Reports - June 19, 2015
Adams County WCO Cory M. Ammerman reports that in conjunction with the state Fish & Boat Commission, 13 citations were filed, and one DUI arrest was made during a recent detail. Violations included drug possession and entering into a restricted area.
Franklin County WCO Douglas Barrick reports that one individual was charged after removing a fawn from the wild, and keeping it for several days in his house.
Bedford County WCO Jeremy Coughenour reports that a Bedford County man recently was cited for purchasing a hunting license while on revocation. The defendant had not attended a remedial Hunter-Trapper Education class, as required, before purchasing another hunting license. He pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000.
Adams County WCO Darren David reports that two individuals were involved in a turkey-poaching incident in which they shot a gobbler from their vehicle. The act occurred while a man, who was legitimately hunting that bird, watched. This led to a search warrant, during the service of which multiple turkey parts, deer parts and snake skins were found. The firearms found in the home were seized due to one of the suspects being a convicted violent felon. Many charges are pending.
Franklin County WCO Eric Anderson reported that two Franklin County men have been successfully prosecuted for killing a doe out of season in November. The deer was shot illegally at night through the use of a spotlight.
Cumberland County WCO John Fetchkan reports that the extremely warm weather in spring gobbler season might have contributed to the lack of hunters encountered. However, a few who were encountered had harvested nice gobblers.
York County WCO Kyle Jury reports that a turkey-poaching case resulted in $2,000 in fines, has recently been adjudicated in the northern York County district. The incident started when a witness, who was turkey hunting himself, watched a pickup driving slowly through an area where several turkeys could be seen in a field. The witness watched the vehicle stop, immediately heard a gunshot, and observed the vehicle drive off. The witness found a dead hen turkey about 20 yards off the road. He confronted the shooter when the vehicle returned. Jury and Ted Richards apprehended the suspected shooter later that day. The Dillsburg resident confessed to shooting the hen turkey from the driver's seat of the vehicle, and pleaded guilty to all charges filed. The prosecution wouldn't have been possible without the witness, a true sportsman, coming forward and going above and beyond.
Perry County WCO Kevin Anderson reports that charges have been filed in conjunction with a party that was discovered on State Game Lands 170 in Perry County. The party was encountered during a foot patrol at 1:50 a.m. and 14 people were taken into custody, after which, a beer keg, multiple liquor bottles and cocaine was discovered during a search of the area.
Fulton County WCO Justin Klugh stated that a turkey hunter was cited for shooting two turkeys off the roost with a .243 rifle during the spring gobbler season.
York County WCO Steve Knickel reports that this is the time of the year when people begin taking in young wildlife from the wild. This not only is illegal, and a citable offense, but – no matter how good the intention behind the act might be – it is NOT in the best interest of the animal. Young animals often is hidden a short distance from their mothers, so as not to attract predators. Just because you do not see mom does NOT mean she isn't around. Leaving wildlife be wild is the best chance the animal has to survive.
Huntingdon County WCO Richard Macklem reports that he has cited two individuals for unintended use of state game lands, along with possession of a controlled substance.
Snyder County WCO Harold Malehorn filed a citation against one individual for hunting within a safety zone, and against another for "doing doughnuts" (spinning his vehicle around) in a game-lands parking area.
Mifflin County WCO Jeff Mock reports incidents of shots being fired at night in the Coopers Gap area are being investigated. One call was taken by Mifflin County 911. Both Mifflin County Regional Police and the Game Commission are investigating the incident
York County WCO Shawn Musser reports that nuisance goose complaints are on the rise. It seems several geese have decided to nest near main entrances of local businesses. One set of geese made a nest near a doorway to the York Galleria Mall. They were "flogging" customers as they attempted to enter and exit the mall.
Huntingdon County WCO Amy Nabozny recently received a call from a logger who said he had cut down a locust tree only to return the next day to hear baby birds. Upon inspection, they discovered a cavity in the tree that woodpeckers were using, and two young were still inside. "He cut a section of the tree and had it ready for me to pick up," Nabozny said. "When I arrived at the rehabilitator with the section of tree and the two birds inside, she laughed and said it was a first that anyone has ever brought her birds still inside the tree." Aside from being hungry, the young birds seemed very content to be in their natural environment and security of the tree.
Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reminds state game lands users to be mindful of the Food and Cover workers who are creating and maintaining habitat. They could be running heavy equipment while completing these tasks.
Cumberland County WCO Tim Wenrich reports that unlawful off-road-vehicle activity is still rampant at a South Middleton Township Hunter Access property. Everyone that is caught and interviewed doesn't even know who owns the property, and never even considered whether the owner would allow such activity. It's not surprising, however, because most apparently don't even see the red and yellow signs throughout the property specifically stating that it is closed to motorized vehicles. Patrols and strict enforcement will continue.
Bedford County WCO Salvadore Zaffuto wants readers to keep in mind this summer that, with little exception, ATVs are not permitted to be driven anywhere on state game lands. Only those with a handicap permits can ride on designated trails during the hunting season.