Northeast Field Officer Report   - March 13, 2015

Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports an individual recently pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded firearm in his vehicle.  

Bradford County WCO Blake Barth reports that, as the weather breaks, people can expect more encounters with wildlife encounters, as both become more active outside. “I encourage everyone to remember that wildlife is just that: wild,” Barth said. “Use good judgment whenever wildlife is encountered.”

Montour County WCO Michael College reports that he is looking forward to learning the area and getting to know the people of Montour County.

Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley reports a Florida man pleaded guilty and agreed to pay restitution for damaging a Game Commission gate and entering state game lands to dump building materials and trash. Fines and costs totaled $2,800, which included $1,000 restitution for property damage and clean-up costs.

Sullivan County WCO Rick Finnegan reports that two individuals recently pleaded guilty to riding snowmobiles on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County. There are designated roads that are open for this activity, and others closed with signs posted and closed gates. 

Bradford County WCO Michael Goodenow Jr. reports that, on his first day on patrol in Bradford County, he discovered numerous snowmobile tracks on closed roads on State Game Lands 239.   

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that he stopped two persons riding snowmobiles on a pipeline on State Game Lands 206. While the area is not a designated snowmobile route, the riders claim they have been riding there for years. Citations were filed and the individuals requested hearings.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral was checking local waterways for signs of beaver-trapping activity and came upon a snare set for beaver that did not have the required stop for preventing the device from closing to a circumference of less than 7 inches.

Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley reports having encountered several trapping violations in February that included bait visible from the air, failure to check traps every 36 hours, and traps that exceeded maximum jaw spread.

 Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports a Stroudsburg man was found guilty of unlawful possession of an antlerless deer and failing to tag it. The man shot the deer in WMU 3D but only had a 5C antlerless tag. The investigation began after DWCOs observed the deer hanging from a tree in the individual’s yard without the required kill tag attached to its ear.

Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports that all five of the bald-eagle nests in his district are active and are showing signs of success. By mid-April we will be able to tell how many offspring each nest has produced!

Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa cited an individual for several trapping violations. The suspect had been unlawfully using foot-hold traps on either side of a deer carcass. A bobcat was caught in one of the traps and was freed unharmed. In addition, the suspect failed to properly check the traps as required by regulations and failed to have ID tags on the traps.

Lackawanna County WCO Jared Turner reports a large amount of litter and brass being was left behind at the State Game Lands 300 shooting range in Archbald, as well as a large number of users without hunting licenses or proper shooting range permits. Increased patrols will attempt to address these issues.

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