Bucks County WCO John Papson reports that there is an ongoing problem with some individuals putting graffiti on rocks on the game lands. When caught and informed how much fines would total, two individuals quickly decided to “volunteer” to remove not only their work, but that of others. “Lesson learned and game lands cleaned,” he said.
Bucks County WCO John Papson reports that an investigation is being conducted into an individual buying a license while on revocation. Charges are pending.
Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham reports that property violations are being addressed at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and nearby State Game Lands 46. Patrols are netting unlawful activities such as possession on alcoholic beverages, underage drinking, possession controlled substances and paraphernalia, entry into the propagation area and controlled-hunting area, and illegal vehicle operation. Prosecutions have led to charges ranging from summary game law to misdemeanor crimes code violations.
Lancaster County WCO Greg Graham has been seeing many bucks sporting nice-sized racks in his district. Archery deer season is only nine weeks away and it looks like it should be a banner year. “Get out now and scout for potential hunting locations this fall,” he said.
Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that numerous citations where written for alcohol and camping on State Game Lands 211. “The individuals stated that they saw all the signs, but didn’t think anyone would find them,” he said.
Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that trail cameras were seized from State Game Lands 211. “The reason for the cameras being seized was because the person also put bait/attractant out to bring the animals in to get pictures,” he said. Placing bait of any kind on state game lands is unlawful.
Lebanon County WCO Brian Sheetz reports that DWCO Jeff Kawich and DWCO Bill Grooms recently patrolled State Game Lands 211 by using a UTV. They were able to get to remote areas where people go to party. They found two individuals that were illegally camping and also in possession of a controlled substance. Citations were filed for the offenses.
Lehigh and Northampton counties WCO Shawna Burkett reports working with Salisbury Township Police Department recently where a group of people were consuming alcohol and drugs on co-op/park property. The police department will be filing drug charges while the Game Commission will be handling the dumping and alcohol citations.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that nearly two dozen students from surrounding areas attended the Northampton County Junior Conservation School the third week of July. The students were exposed to a variety of environmental hands-on experiences and speakers throughout the week.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that an immature bald eagle was recovered from the Walnutport area after being struck by a car. Injuries were too extensive to save the eagle.
Northampton County WCO Brad Kreider reports that officers are making contact with many through-hikers on the Appalachian Trail during month of July. These hikers started the trail in Georgia in March and are heading northeast toward Maine.
Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports game lands-abuse patrols are in full swing netting many ATV violations on property open to public hunting.
Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports many deer sightings with multiple fawns present. The forecast looks great.
Chester, Lancaster and York counties LMGS Linda Swank reports that it has been a wet summer thus far, which has made things grow well. The crews have begun their summer mowing. “We always delay this process during the month of June because of fawns being born,” she said. “Now the fawns are big enough to travel with the herd and will not lay as tight when a tractor and mower approach across a grass field.”
Chester, Lancaster and York counties LMGS Linda Swank reports that the Lancaster crew has been busy adding a few extra parking areas to several areas of State Game Lands 52 where there are access areas but not much parking.