Northeast Field Officer Report   - February 13, 2015

Pike County WCO Kirk Miller reports two witnesses were instrumental in providing information that led to a successful prosecution of an individual from Pike County.  Initial information given by the witnesses of an illegally discarded deer ended up leading to three illegally killed deer with fines totaling over $3,000. Game violations can be reported through the TIP Hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001.

Columbia County WCO Rick Deiterich reports that a Muncy man was found guilty for the killing of a black bear he claimed was killed in self-defense. The man said his son was in the yard with their dog and that is why he shot the bear. After an investigation, and court testimony from the defendant, it was found that no one was outside. The judge found him guilty and fined him $1,000, plus court costs, and an additional $1,500 in replacement costs for the bear.

A Bloomsburg man was cited and pleaded guilty to a trapping violation involving a bobcat he caught in a cable-restraint set. The defendant captured the bobcat in an illegal set causing an entanglement that did not allow the bobcat to move freely in a 360-degree arc.

Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley reports several New Hampshire residents were charged and found guilty of unlawfully killing two white-tailed deer through the use of a motor vehicle. Penalties and prosecution costs were assessed at $2,000 with loss of hunting and trapping privileges in Pennsylvania for one year.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that the bald-eagle pair has returned to the nest in Huntington Mills. The nest that was constructed last year is in a highly visible area along a major roadway, and this caused numerous complaints about observers and photographers getting too close to the nest and disturbing the site. He warns that, while the bald eagle was delisted as a threatened species in the state, it still has state and federal protection and it is illegal to approach within 660 feet of an active nest site. Kapral said that the site will be posted against entry and aggressive enforcement will occur.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that the deep freeze in the Northeast has put a damper on most of the beaver-trapping activity in his area. He did have several different damage complaints in the past year and is hoping for an early thaw so that the nuisance problems can be handled by trappers who can make good use of the prime pelts.

Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelly reports encountering several brave hunters out and about despite less-than-ideal weather conditions for January. Most hunters were in search of small game, as well as furbearers.

Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports a Greentown man recently pleaded guilty to shooting two deer illegally on the opening day of the regular firearms deer season.  The man shot one deer over bait in his yard, and the other from his vehicle in a driveway and in several safety zones. He also tagged the deer using his brother’s and wife’s tags. The man was order to pay $3,400 in fines and he faces several years of his hunting license being revoked.

Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports littering has been increasing on State Game Lands183 near Kimble’s Road. Increased patrols in the area led to several citations being filed for littering. Fines range from $250 to $500.

Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy reports that two men were found guilty of hunting in a baited area, unlawfully killing a white-tailed deer, and several license violations. The incident took place in Lake Ariel. Fines and costs total over $2,000.

Columbia County WCO John Morack reports he cited a woman for littering in Conyngham Township. Morack observed the woman roll down the driver side window, throw out two paper bags, and then close the window. The woman claimed she didn’t litter intentionally.

Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports citing an individual on State Game Lands 186 in Jackson Township for having a loaded firearm in a vehicle while it was in motion, possessing of marijuana, and failing to attach an ear tag to his harvested deer.

Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports that a New York man pleaded guilty to the unlawful use of bait and failure to wear the required amount of daylight fluorescent orange on the opening day of rifle deer season.

Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa reports he is investigating a case of individuals from New York unlawfully killing deer just before Christmas. New York Department of Natural Resources officers are assisting in the investigation. The suspects could face substantial monetary penalties including incarceration.

Susquehanna County WCO Mike Webb reports an increase in the use of state game lands by nonhunters when compared with previous years.

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