Southwest Field Officer Report  - July 31, 2014

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a 140-pound black bear was trapped and relocated from Franklin Park Borough recently. “The bear was making himself at home in a neighborhood feasting on birdfeeders and wondering through yards, causing a lot of excitement. The year-and-a-half-old male bear was captured in one of the PGC culvert traps and relocated to a more suitable location in Indiana County,” he said.

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a local man is facing charges for intentionally running over multiple Canada geese. “The incident occurred in the parking lot of a mall with many onlookers as the individual responsible purposely drove his truck through a flock of geese killing two of them. The individual is being charged for each dead goose, which are protected by both federal and state laws,” he said.

Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns reports that he and his deputies have investigated numerous individuals for taking wildlife and possessing it at their residences. “People possessing fawns, raccoons, foxes and a Canada goose have all been investigated this spring and summer with citations issued.  Leave wildlife in the woods where it belongs for everyone to enjoy and don’t put your family at risk to contract wildlife diseases,” he said.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that unauthorized use by motorized vehicles on Hunter-Access property in Economy Boro has caused WCOs to focus enforcement efforts in this area. “The nearly 300-acre property, which is open to lawful hunting and trapping, has been the location of several parties and ‘mud bogging’ activities.” In addition, an illegal campsite was located on the property. The enforcement efforts will continue in an attempt to curtail the illegal activity,  he added.

Fayette county WCO Brandon Bonin reports that several guilty pleas have been received for charges that had been filed against individuals for riding motorized vehicles on lands enrolled in the Game Commission’s cooperative Hunter Access program. In all cases, the perpetrators had driven past signage.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that a young bald eagle has been rescued from the Cheat River. “This eaglet is currently being treated for lead toxicity poisoning, and will hopefully be released back into the wild,” he said.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that several charges are pending against a Greensboro man. “This individual was placed on hunting license revocation for failure to pay a Game and Wildlife Code fine in 2011, Bonin said. “He used a false social security number to buy his hunting license in 2012 and 2013, and also killed an antlerless deer during this time. Along with fines and cost, he also faces many more years of revocation.”

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that a Waynesburg man called in a complaint that his landlord still had parts of deer that he had killed this previous season. “The suspect told DWCO Lubich and me three times that he had killed a doe, and was unable to find the time to butcher it, but "respectfully buried it after it had rotted."
A check of this person’s hunting license history showed that he had not purchased an antlerless licesnse for that year. An appropriate charge will be filed,” he said.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that a Smithfield man recently pled guilty to hunting through the use of bait during the 2013 firearms deer season. An investigation conducted this summer revealed enough evidence to file the charge for baiting.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that a Greensboro man is facing charges after shooting three geese during the closed season. “I discovered the dead geese from my boat while fishing the river near the person’s house. The man admitted to shooting the geese during an interview the following day,” he said.

Fayette / Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that a Scottdale man recently pled guilty to an interference charge after fleeing late at night following a four-wheeling adventure on Fish and Boat Commission property. The Fish and Boat Commission also filed charges for the damage to the property in conjunction with the interference charge. Total fines and costs exceeded $1,200.

Fayette / Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that a small party was encountered on a cooperative Hunter-Access property recently in Mount Pleasant Township.  Seven charges were filed.

Fayette / Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports several bears have been captured and relocated over the last month. Several other bears were killed in vehicle collisions in the district.

Fayette/Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports drivers of four ATVs were apprehended while illegally riding on the Hanson Aggregates cooperative Hunter-Access property recently. Charges are pending.

Fayette/Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports bear complaints in the district have doubled compared to last year’s numbers. The highest number of complaints is coming from Saltlick and Springfield townships in Fayette County.

Washington County WCO Richard W. Joyce reports Hunter Trapper Education classes are in full swing. “Some classes end up having a long waiting list. If you cannot attend a class for which you registered, please log back in and remove yourself from the class roster to make room for someone who can attend,” he said.

Washington/Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports that numerous hearings are being held for vehicles driving on lands enrolled in the Hunter Access Program in his district.

Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports an East Huntingdon township man is facing charges for shooting an antlered deer on his neighbor’s property with a .22 caliber rimfire rifle.  “During my investigation, I found evidence that indicated this was not the first time this may have occurred,” he said.

Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports a Hempfield township man is facing charges for unlawfully killing protected birds.  “Concerned neighbors called when they witnessed him shooting the birds with an air rifle,” he said. 

Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports that DWCO Dempsey assisted County Park Police in Hempfield Township with a violation recently. “The park officer witnessed a truck pulling a dead deer attached with a rope while spotlighting after 11 p.m.  DWCO Dempsey arrived to find an adult and two juveniles in the vehicle. Dempsey determined, by following the trail on the roadway, the deer was dragged for a few miles leaving the roadway multiple times.  Each individual faces multiple charges,” he said.









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