Northeast Field Officer Report   - October 24, 2014

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that several covert surveillance operations have been done recently at the Game Commission shooting range in his district. The operations were conducted in an attempt to curb reports of early shooting on Sundays and other violations. Several citations and warnings were issued as a result of the details, and more details will follow.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that he encountered two hunters hunting for doves before legal shooting hours. A field check on the hunters turned up numerous violations and citations were filed.

Columbia County WCO John A. Morack reports that on the early morning hours of the 2014 deer archery season, three men were cited for hunting over bait and causing damage to trees when erecting their tree stands on State Game Lands 226 in Pine Township. Officers were able to cite the men before any deer were unlawfully killed. Fines and court costs for each individual could total over $600.

Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports a higher number of bear complaints are being handled this year in comparison to last year. Along with more complaints being generated, Pike and Monroe County officers captured, tagged, and released nearly 85 bears since March.

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