Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a local man was recently found guilty at the Magisterial District Judge’s office of shooting a deer in a Pittsburgh neighborhood this past spring. “The individual shot an antlerless deer out of season with a shotgun using fine shot at close range. The deer ran onto a neighbor’s property and died. The person involved was assessed fines and replacement costs of $1,900 for the deer and associated violations,” he said.
Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns reports that DNA tests show that the cow elk that wandered all over Armstrong County last year was a member of our wild elk herd and also the elk tested negative for CWD. “We are still investigating the senseless shooting of this animal, which was wounded and needed to be euthanized. If anyone has any information they can call the Southwest Region Office at 724-238-9523,” he said.
Armstrong County WCO Rod Burns reports that fawn reproduction seems to be very high, and he’s seeing many fawns on his travels. “Correspondingly, crop damage reports are through the roof also this year,” he said.
Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that ongoing patrols of Farm-Game property have resulted in citations being filed for riding ATVs on property posted closed to motorized vehicles. These properties are open to lawful, public hunting and are patrolled on a regular basis to ensure compliance.
Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that Raccoon Creek State Park is open to early-season goose hunters. Those looking for a place to hunt can help control the nuisance goose population at this popular state park.
Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that a citation has been filed against a Waynesburg man for shooting and killing a great blue heron with a pellet rifle. This act occurred at a sportsmen's club where the perpetrator was a member.
Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that several ATVs were stopped for riding on State Game Lands 51 on the Labor Day weekend. Citations have been filed on all offenses.
Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that enforcement action has been taken on spotlighting violations ranging from late spotting to intentionally spotlighting livestock.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that several citations for littering have been filed in recent weeks for activities that occurred on State Game Lands 51.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that a Hunter-Trapper Education class recently held at Connellsville Sportsmen’s Association certified 34 students. “The event was sponsored by the Connellsville Walmart, which provided snacks, lunch, and prizes. The prizes included gift cards, video games and bicycles,” he said.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that several ATVs were apprehended on Hanson Aggregates Hunter Access property in Fayette County.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that a citation was recently filed for illegally dumping a large box full of spoiled, packaged meat products near Greenlick Reservoir. The defendant cleaned up the dump site and was assessed a $300 fine, plus court costs.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Jason Farabaugh reports that a black bear was recently struck and killed by a vehicle along state Route 982 near Huffman’s Auto.
Indiana County WCO Chris Reidmiller reports that a recently conducted operation targeting illegal use of ATVs on commission-controlled property in the area of the Two Lick Reservoir was highly successful.“Officers from a three-county area to include Indiana, Cambria, and Armstrong were able to detect 32 violations during the operation. Twelve individuals received summary citations as a result of the operation, ranging from illegally riding on Game Commission-controlled property to possession of alcohol on state game lands,” he said.
Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports an individual was cited for driving a Jeep on lands enrolled in the Public Access Program.
Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman said that a landowner enrolled in the Hunter Access program had informed him that his tractor was damaged by one or more individuals target practicing in a field. “An ongoing investigation is in progress with evidence collected and increased patrols in the area have begun. Individuals caught vandalizing and destroying property will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.
Washington and Allegheny counties WCO Chris Bergman reports a Washington County resident pleaded guilty to possessing a fawn during the summer months. During the execution of a search warrant, the fawn was found in the enclosed front porch area of the residence.
Westmoreland County WCO Matt Lucas reports several hunters were given warnings for failing to sign their duck stamps while hunting during the early goose season in Hempfield Township. “I also received several complaints about goose hunters hunting in or shooting into safety zones without permission in East Huntingdon and Sewickley townships,” he said.
WCO Matt Lucas reports multiple individuals have pleaded guilty to riding ATVs on state game lands in South Huntingdon Township. They were also issued warnings for failure to have proper registration and insurance.