Game Commission field officers report on outdoor happenings
Field officers for the state Game Commission’s Northcentral region filed the following reports on May 23, according to the agency’s website:
- Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs reported that a Muncy man pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from an incident involving the unlawful killing of a rabbit. The defendant was operating a vehicle and allowed his passenger to shoot and kill a rabbit through the use of the vehicle’s headlights. The defendant was ordered to pay a fine of $1,350 and now faces the loss of his hunting and furtaking privileges.
Cameron County Wildlife Conservation Officer Wayne A. Hunt reports successfully introducing an orphaned bear cub from Clinton County with a radio-collared sow in Clear Creek, Cameron County. The cub was one of three orphaned when a sow was illegally shot – a case being investigated by WCO Kenneth Packard. Bear biologists successfully reintroduced the other two cubs to sows in the bear-study area of the Sproul State Forest.
- Tioga County WCO Rodney Mee reports that two Wellsboro men were found to be shooting songbirds with pellet rifles. Both were charged with unlawfully killing the birds and for using unlawful devices to hunt with. One of the men was on revocation and also was charged with purchasing a hunting license while on revocation.
- Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that an Osceola Mills resident pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing of a wild turkey. This individual was cited under the provision of liability for action of others because his 11-year-old son decided to use the turkey as a target. A replacement fee of $300 was assessed along with the fine.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer reports that a cow elk was euthanized on Winslow Hill in Benezette Township, Elk County. The animal exhibited signs of being emaciated and had paralysis in its rear legs. The carcass was submitted to the PSU Diagnostic Lab in State College for testing, and the results are pending.
- WCO Dirk Remensnyder reports that a contractor is being charged for dumping a load of construction material on state game lands.
- Potter and Tioga counties Land Manager Denise Mitcheltree reports that about 29,000 seedlings were sorted and delivered to hunter access cooperators and the state game lands throughout Potter and Tioga counties. The tree seedlings will provide future generations of wildlife with quality cover and foraging opportunities, in the form of providing windbreaks (conifers), soft mast (elderberries, nannyberry) and hard mast (red oak, white oak, hazelnut), just to mention a few species that will be planted.
- Lycoming County WCO Harold Cole reports that Deputy WCO Wayne Wall recently picked up a road-killed bear that had been tagged. What was interesting about the bear is that it was about 10 years old. When it was trapped several years ago, it had three cubs with it (Wall had assisted in trapping the sow and cubs, too). The sow was moved to another part of the county and came back to the same area. If she had an average of two cubs every two years, she gave birth to at least 10 cubs before she was hit by a car. Remember, she had three cubs when she was trapped and moved several years ago, so she could have had even more cubs during her lifetime.
WCO Mark Fair reports seeing bald eagles at every significant body of water in Potter County. One individual said, “They’re getting to be as common as robins these days.” Kettle Creek, Sinnemahoning and Lyman Run state parks report daily sightings of eagles as well Pine Creek, Oswayo Fish Hatchery area and the Allegany watershed.
- WCO Dan Murray, Centre and Clinton counties, reports that two people recently were found guilty of dumping a television on lands open to public hunting in Howard Township, Centre County.
- Tom Smith, land management group supervisor, Lycoming and Union counties, reports that during April, PGC personnel preformed prescribed burns to enhance wildlife habitat on 111 acres of grasslands and 87 acres of woodlands on State Game Lands 75 in Lycoming County.