Northeast Field Officer Report   - August 18, 2014

Bradford County WCO Philip Kasper reports that he filed charges related to an incident where several dogs chased and killed a white-tailed deer fawn in Herrick Township. "It is important for people to keep their dogs under control and supervised at all times. It is unfortunate when these kinds of incidents take place because they can be avoided with a little forethought," said Kasper.

Wayne County WCO Frank J. Dooley reports conducting two investigations into large bears that were illegally shot during the early summer months. One of the bears was killed by a man who was recently released from prison and is restricted from possessing firearms.

Northumberland County DWCO Brian Anderson says "It was an honor to participate in the annual David L. Grove Memorial Motorcycle Run in the Chambersburg area to help raise financial support for a scholarship in David's name." Riders from many different law-enforcement agencies, sportsmen's clubs and motorcycle clubs participated in this yearly event.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral reports that he continues to deal with bear complaints on an almost-daily basis. Most of the complaints center on bears getting into garbage cans, and destroying bird feeders. Several bears have been trapped in recent months, including two that were over 500 pounds.

Luzerne County WCO Gerald Kapral, along with several deputies, recently conducted a weekend enforcement detail on State Game Lands 57 that resulted in numerous violations being encountered. Citations were filed for possession of alcohol, camping, and operating unregistered or unlicensed vehicles on the game lands. He warns that these types of enforcement operations will continue, and that there will be no tolerance for those that abuse the game lands.

Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley reports citing an individual for drinking alcohol on game lands. Officer Kelley also reports having complaints of late spotlighting in Delaware Township, Northumberland County.

Pike and Monroe counties WCO Mark Kropa reports illegal activities are up on state game lands in Pike County with over 40 citations filed since Memorial Day. Illegal activities include ATVs, fireworks, littering, disorderly conduct, alcohol and drug possession, and shooting-range violations.

Wayne County WCO Jim McCarthy states that a Lake Ariel man was found guilty in district court of allowing his dog to injure or kill a white-tailed deer. The charge stems from an incident inside the Hideout community where the man's dog attacked an adult female deer, causing severe injuries to the deer. The deer had to be put down as a result of those injuries. The Hideout security staff did a fantastic job assisting both during the incident and testifying at the trial. The man was ordered to pay over $1,000 in fines and replacement costs.

Pike County WCO Kirk Miller reports that two individuals were found guilty of attempting to take a turkey during the spring gobbler season by use of a motorized vehicle. One individual was also charged with shooting from the roadway and the use of unlawful ammunition.

Lackawanna County WCO Kevin Moran reports that an individual has been cited for discharging a rifle at a rifle range while other individuals were down range checking targets. The individual was very negligent in his actions and could've caused serious injury to others.

Lackawanna County WCO Kevin Moran reports that there have been several reports of individuals operating a silver Dodge Charger or similar looking vehicle, shooting at deer and turkey in the Aston Mountain area of Spring Brook Township in the early morning hours. Anyone with information is asked to call the Northeast Region Office at (570) 675-1143.

Lackawanna County WCO Aaron Morrow reports that illegal ATV activity has been increasing on state game lands and cooperative properties throughout the summer months. Recently, DWCO Robert Krukovitz was able to apprehend a Lackawanna County resident who attempted to flee while illegally operating an ATV. The defendant was charged with multiple violations and could face over $2,400 in fines and possible prison time.

Monroe County Officer Bryan Mowrer reports that an individual is under investigation for three different dumping cases occurring over a five-month period involving more than 60 bags of trash dumped on Cooperative Agreement property in different parts of Monroe County.

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