Field officers for the state Game Commission's Northcentral region filed the following reports on Aug. 16, according to the agency's website:
Dan Murray, wildlife conservation officer in Centre County, reports that several charges were filed under federal regulations and the Game and Wildlife Code for unlawfully killing a mallard duck and that a citation was issued for unlawfully transporting and possessing alcoholic beverages on State Game Lands 100.
WCO Mark Fair reports cinnamon bears seem to be the big news coming from southern Potter County this summer. This is not a new species of bear inhabiting our state, but a color phase of black bears. Their colors range from a reddish brown to a blondish brown. WCO Tom Sabolcik even has tagged one of these bears. Based on location, color and eyewitness accounts, Fair believes there are three adults and one cub spending their summer in Potter County.
WCO Bill Ragosta, of Potter County reports that bear complaints are up in his district. The majority of complaints result from the unlawful feeding of bears, including an absolute epidemic of mangy bear complaints. People should not feed wildlife and if you become aware of people feeding bears, turn them in to the state Game Commission. Your report could keep bears from getting sick.
Northeast region reports - Aug. 16
Northumberland County WCO Jason Kelley reports citing a man for possession of alcohol on game lands, and another for attempting to sell wildlife on Craigslist.
Monroe County WCO Bryan Mowrer reports an increase in spotlighting; most likely because deer are in velvet. "It is unlawful to shine lights on buildings and livestock, and spotlighting after 11 p.m. is prohibited," he said.