Northeast Field Officer Report   - September 12, 2014

Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports Hunter-Trapper Education classes are filling up, with the hunting season fast approaching. To register for an HTE class near you, go to the Game Commission’s website,

Monroe County WCO Ryan Gildea reports he is receiving information regarding baited areas that will be monitored in the upcoming weeks.

Susquehanna County WCO Rich Briggs reports an increase in unlawful ATV use on and around State Game Lands 236. Additional hours are being worked in the problem areas.

Susquehanna County WCO Rich Briggs reports that night shooting is being reported in many areas across the county. Those in the area who hear or see suspicious activity are urged to report it to the Game Commission Northeast Regional Office at (570) 675-1143.

Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley reports an increase in range use has led to a dramatic increase in range violations. During the month of August, Dooley issued 29 warnings and three citations for violations on the PGC range in Wayne County.

Pike/Monroe County WCO Mark Kropa reports, with the upcoming pheasant season approaching, all hunters are reminded it is illegal to hunt in standing crops in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Not only is this a game-law violation, it also is a violation of the federal regulations.                      

Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports five individuals were cited on the Delaware River for shooting two cormorants. Thanks to the quick response of Delaware Water Gap National Park Service officers, evidence was collected and WCOs interviewed the individuals, who admitted to the shooting.  

Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa reports three young men who were hiking on State Game Lands 57 took off running when they saw a sow and cub walking toward them on a trail. The three got turned around and became disoriented. After four hours of walking, they were able to find a cell signal to contact 911. The men were located shortly before midnight wearing only T-shirts, shorts, and sneakers and carrying three dead cell phones. As one of the men was an Eagle Scout, Rosa asked him if he remembered the “Scout Motto.”

Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports that the majority of wildlife crime violations will likely occur in the next few months. The most important part of the investigation process is the information provided by witnesses.“If more citizens report the wildlife crimes they observe we would be able to apprehend more wildlife violators,” said Webb. “Witnesses often do not want to get involved and the poachers benefit. I encourage anyone who observes a wildlife crime to report it to the Northeast Region Office at (570) 675-1143.” added Webb.

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