Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports increased surveillance and patrols on State Game Lands 183 resulted in several citations being filed for littering and driving on roads to vehicle travel.
Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports he distributed $750 in reward money to three people for their information that led to the prosecution of individuals who shot four deer illegally this past deer hunting season. “Without the callers providing the information, these violators would not have been brought to justice,” said Kropa.
Bradford County WCO Blake Barth reports citing an individual that was driving in an area of state game lands that is posted against motorized vehicle travel.
Montour County WCO Michael College reports that, while on patrol in the Montour preserve, he witnessed thousands of snow geese in fields that are open to public hunting. College reports that all hunters checked were in compliance with game laws.
Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich reports a Bloomsburg man was issued a warning for failure to obtain a permit to keep a road-killed deer. “Permits are free to Pennsylvania residents who wish to consume a road-killed deer, and all they have to do is call their regional office to obtain one,” said Deiterich.
Wayne County WCO Frank Dooley reports that he cited a man for killing deer in closed season and claiming the deer were injured due to being struck by vehicles. At the conclusion of the investigation, the facts proved the deer were not injured by vehicles. Charges were field for killing wildlife in closed season. The subject faces loss of hunting privileges and fines and costs of $1,600.
Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports that two individuals were cited and pleaded guilty to multiple charges involving three buck that were unlawfully taken during the past rifle hunting season in Bradford County. The deer were killed in a baited area, one of the hunters bought a license without ever taking the mandatory Hunter-Trapper Education class, and the other hunter previously killed a 10-point buck in archery season. The two men paid close to $6,000 in fines and forfeited several pounds of processed venison. Five mounted bucks from prior illegal kills, and the mounts from all three bucks taken this past year, were confiscated.
Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea received information from a local police department that led to citations being issued to a snowmobile operator. The individual was found unlawfully operating his snowmobile on public access property.
Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports in increase use of State Game Lands ranges. “Range users are urged to make themselves aware of the regulations pertaining to range use prior to using the range,” said Gildea.
Bradford County WCO Michael Goodenow Jr. reports citing an individual for leaving a foot-hold trap set beyond the close of the trapping season, and warning another person for possessing a resident Pennsylvania hunting license that he was not lawfully entitled to possess.
Bradford County WCO Eric Kelly reports that multiple charges are pending against two individuals who were trapping without licenses and who left traps set after the close of season.
Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy reports that a Waymart man was found guilty in district court for road hunting and the unlawful taking of a white-tailed deer. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Yarnes road during the last day of the regular firearms deer season. “While the man had a permit to use his vehicle as a blind, it does not give the holder permission to drive around looking for deer and shoot them from the vehicle,” said McCarthy. The man was sentenced to pay $1,000 in fines and faces the loss of his Pennsylvania hunting privileges.
Susquehanna County WCO Ben Rebuck reports responding to several incidents involving dogs chasing deer. “The law requires that you maintain control over your dogs at all times and the dog’s owner is liable for any damages incurred while the dog is not restrained,” said Rebuck.
Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports that the snow is finally beginning to break up north and it is common to observe 40 or more deer in one place on almost every open area now. “I have observed increased aggressiveness among feeding deer and it is becoming common to hear complaints from local farmers and motorists about too many deer,” Webb said.
Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner reports that bears are on the move across all across the valley. “Bears are attracted to birdseed, trash cans, and dumpsters,” said Turner. “If you have a bear frequenting your residence, remove food sources to reduce any potential bear-human conflict,” Turner added.