Southwest Field Officer Report  - January 16, 2015

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that, during the last week of 2014, two adult black bears were killed by vehicles in the northern part of the county. “Both were found on Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike), one near Plum and the other near Warrendale. These incidents surprised many, given the time of year,” he said.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that multiple citations were filed this past deer season for loaded firearms in, on or against motorized vehicles. These citations included vehicles that were in motion and vehicles that were stationary. “It only takes a moment to make sure that your firearm is unloaded and it only takes a second for that firearm to discharge, but that second could change your life forever. Hunters are reminded to check and double check to make sure that the firearm is unloaded prior to placing it in a motorized vehicle,” he said.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that a citation was filed for a hunter that was hunting on the opening day of the flintlock muzzleloader season without first purchasing a muzzleloader license. “The hunter stated that he did not think that he would get caught. The $11.70 he would have spent to purchase the required license will now cost the hunter over 10 times that amount in fines,” he said.

Cambria and Indiana counties GLMGS Dan Yahner reports that the hard-mast crop in northern Cambria and Indiana counties was exceptional this year. The wildlife is widely scattered due to the abundance of food. This, along with poor weather during the opening week of the regular season, should make for higher populations next season.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that an increase in baiting violations was encountered this year. The violations started in archery season and continued to be encountered during the late muzzleloader and late archery seasons.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that charges were filed against four individuals for killing and possessing two antlered deer that had been shot from the road.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that charges are being filed against a man from Mill Run. “This person shot an 11-point buck at 4 a.m. on his way to work. A nearby landowner immediately called my cell phone. Eighteen hours later, I received a written confession from the violator,” he said.
Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that nearly two dozen citations have been filed in the last few months for riders operating ATVs or UTVs on state game lands and properties enrolled in the Hunter Access program.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that a 15-year-old who unlawfully harvested a 150-class buck before the season began has been assigned community service and placed on probation.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that a cable-restraint certification class was held at Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen’s Association on Dec. 21. The class certified 39 students.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that a higher than normal number of trapping violations has been encountered over the past few months.  Violations included untagged traps, failure to check traps every 36 hours, body-gripping traps set outside of a watercourse, and trapping without a furtaker license.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that charges have been filed for a poaching incident that occurred on Oct. 14. “Three individuals cooperated in the attempted jacklighting of a deer in Bullskin Township, Fayette County. The deer was wounded in the lower jaw and subsequently died the following day in a resident’s backyard. Multiple charges have been filed,” he said.

Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports that charges have been filed against a Seward man who unlawfully shot an antlerless deer within a safety zone and while trespassing on private property. The individual was additionally charged with taking the white tailed deer with a rim fire rifle.

Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports that after a two-week-long investigation, charges are being filed against a New Florence man who assisted his 15-year-old sister in the unlawful taking of an albino deer that was shot while road hunting. The man being charged faces several thousands of dollars in fines, as well as potential revocation of his hunting privileges.

Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports he encountered multiple individuals who did not tag their deer properly during the rifle deer season. Charges are pending.









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