Berks County WCO Dave Brockmeier is happy to report a new eagle nest in the county. “Currently, all nests in my district have adult birds incubating eggs,” he said. “Additionally, I watched a peregrine falcon, an endangered species in Pennsylvania, hunting in some open fields. It was the first time I’ve witnessed a peregrine hunting in open country. Most of my experience with them has been in the City of Reading.” An adult peregrine can reach speeds of more than 200 mph in a vertical dive.
Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty reports a Dauphin man pleaded guilty to killing a black bear in closed season. “He was apprehended thanks to a timely report to the Game Commission’s TIP line,” Doherty said.
Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek investigated an incident in which two hunters shot snow geese on a Sunday. Multiple citations are to be filed.
Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek investigated a trapping case involving trespassing, littering and baiting traps with animal products visible from the air. Charges have been filed.
Lancaster County WCO Dennis Warfel reports that the bulk of the violations in his district ended up with guilty pleas. Two hearings were recently held for individuals that failed to tag their deer harvests and the defendants were found guilty in district court. In an ongoing case involving the two individuals, who were caught with three dead deer at night in the Lancaster County Central Park, one defendant pleaded guilty at the preliminary hearing. Due to the severity of the charges, however, he has to go before a judge in Lancaster County court. The second defendant failed to respond to the hearing notice and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Lehigh County WCO Kevin Halbfoerster reports that a case where an individual had killed two deer illegally was settled recently. The defendant and the District Attorney’s office had struck a plea deal. The violator settled with paying over $4,200 in fines and costs. He is also going to lose his hunting privileges for many years.
Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that he is starting to receive reports about eagle sightings in the county.
Schuylkill County WCO Kevin Clouser reports that shed-antler hunters are having success with finding large antlers that are adding excitement for seasons in the next license year.