Field officers for the state Game Commission's Northcentral region filed the following reports on March 28, according to the agency's website:
Tioga County Wildlife Conservation Officer Rodney Mee reports that successful hen turkey trapping operations were conducted in the Tiadaghton area. Twelve birds were banded and released for the final year of the hen survival study.
Clearfield County WCO Mark Gritzer submitted two elk to the Penn State Diagnostic Lab for testing during the month of February. One animal was sighted by a coyote hunter who took the extra effort to report this observation. The elk was very emaciated and exhibited signs of diarrhea. Lab results are pending.
Potter and Tioga County Land Manager Denise Mitcheltree reports the Tioga County Food and Cover crew observed a groundhog out and about on 16 inches of crust-topped snow on Feb. 20 near SGL 37.
Dzemyan said that wildlife in McKean and Elk counties survived the winter very well. Snow depth never became a problem except for a couple weeks in February and, now, there are plenty of open areas where deer, turkey and other wildlife have been seen in good numbers. "Many hunters and other people have been remarking to me how they are seeing many more deer this late winter than they have seen for years," he said.
Northeast region - Feb. 28
SOUTHCENTRAL region - March 14
Land Management Officer Steven Bernardi said two individuals were cited for littering after shooting at cardboard targets in a shale pit that is very popular with local hunters for sighting in their guns. The violation occurred when they failed to take their targets with them when they left. Target shooting is permitted there however leaving the targets behind is not.
NORTHWEST region - March 28
Southwest Region - March 28
Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that two incidents of turkeys acting aggressively toward people have been recently reported. "These incidents have occurred in urban/suburban areas and appear to have been caused by the turkeys being fed and habituated by individuals in the areas. It appears that the turkeys have begun to attempt to establish some form of dominance in the area where they live," he said.
Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports osprey have been sighted in the Ohio River corridor. "These 'fish hawks' are a good indicator that the water quality in the river drainage has gotten better from the industrial days of the 50s and 60s," he said.