Northcentral Field Officer Report  - July 3, 2014

WCO Patrick Cull, Tioga County, recently cited an individual for possessing live wildlife.

WCO Patrick Cull, Tioga County, and another Game Commission officer cited a group of individuals for marijuana possession

WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports many people seeing and commenting on a few different pairs of bald eagles that reside in the area and are prevalent almost everyday.

WCO Robert Minnich reports that June has been another busy month with monitoring eagle nests, bear complaints and trapping, training the new cadet class, the Arnot Sportsmens Club meeting, firearms qualifications, TTLEA meeting and PA State Laurel Festival. Now a little time for R&R – putting sign out: Gone fishing, literally.

WCO Robert Minnich reports that for the first time since he graduated the Ross Leffler School of Conservation, he did not have a bear of his own to bring to the bear training day for the new cadet class. “Fortunately, my neighboring officers in Bradford County had a bear for me to take. The two cadets I worked with did a good job, and the bear was an excellent patient.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that the continuous rainfall during the month of June has delayed hayfield mowing operations in the district. Many farmers in the area are just starting to cut their first crop of hay thus providing adequate amount of security cover for newborn fawns and other wildlife species.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that a bear trap was vandalized in the Pottersdale area. The trap was set to target a mange bear and this unnecessary behavior resulted with the trap being removed from the location. Anybody with information is encouraged to contact the region office at 570-398-4744. 

Clearfield County WCOs Mark Gritzer and Chris Ivicic served an arrest warrant on Woodland resident for failure to respond to two different citations. The individual was taken into custody off a timber job site in Houtzdale and was surprised by the officers’ presence. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges and paid the necessary collateral assessed by Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling in Kylertown. Violators should be warned that failure to respond to a citation automatically revokes your hunting privileges.

Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that hunting licenses for the 2014-15 hunting season became valid July 1.  Hunters should be reminded that the first round of resident antlerless deer application starts July 14 and the last day to apply for the elk drawing is July 31. Deer hunters should be cognizant of the CWD regulations this season for Disease Management Area 3. This area consists of 350 square miles and impacts the counties of Clearfield and Jefferson. 

Unlawful ATV use continues to be a problem in McKean County reports WCO Tom Sabolcik. Several citations were issued, along with several warnings for ATV use on State Game Lands 61 and on forest game cooperator lands.

WCO Tom Sabolcik recently turned over information to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission concerning several Ohio residents fishing without first obtaining a Pennsylvania fishing license. Several others were warned and two more were warned for not having PFDs in a boat they were operating.

WCO Tom Sabolcik reports that bears are still occupying a large amount of his time. A sow with three cubs was recently captured at the Hemlock campground of Willow Bay and another male was caught just north of Eldred

Tioga County WCO Rodney Mee reports that he received numerous reports of a bear that decided it wanted to be involved with Wellsboro’s PA State Laurel Festival. The bear was seen in several locations downtown during the day when the festival was at its peak. Apparently it wanted to see what the 20,000 visitors were doing in town. Mee reports that it was likely a juvenile bear that was recently run off by its mother.

Tioga County WCO Rodney Mee reports that he and WCO Patrick Cull came upon one adult and three juveniles in possession of drug paraphernalia. Mee charged the adult with Corruption of Minors and several drug charges. The juveniles were charged through the Juvenile Court system for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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