Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports several individuals recently have been cited for shooting things other than paper targets at the State Game Lands 203 rifle range. Shooting produce, bottles, cans or other objects is unlawful and subject to a $100 to $200 fine, plus court costs. This behavior often causes damage to the backstops as objects are usually placed on top of the frames and shot.
Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports an area hunter is facing charges for groundhog hunting while in multiple safety zones. The hunter was parked along the road near a farmer’s field and apparently didn’t pay attention to the nearby houses when he shot at a groundhog. The hunter was as close as 35 yards to one of the several homes in the immediate area. The penalty for a safety-zone violation can be up to a $500 fine, plus court costs for a first offense.
Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports range violations at State Game Lands 203. As a reminder, 2018-19 range permits, hunting licenses and furtaker licenses expired at the end of June. Do not forget to get your new license or permit, and have it in possession when using a range.
Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports black bears are moving through the county. This is more common during the summer because it is the mating season. Do not be alarmed by black bear sightings. Remember to put bird feeders and pet food away. Bears move most during the dawn and dusk hours. If you see a bear; make noise, keep an eye on it as you move away and keep your pets on leashes.
Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a North Sewickley Township resident pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of wildlife after she removed a young raccoon from the wild and raised it in her home.
Beaver County Game Warden Mike Yeck reports a New Castle resident was charged with driving on roads closed to motorized vehicles, damage to property and casting the rays of an artificial light after 11 p.m. The subject was caught on a surveillance camera when driving through a food plot on State Game Lands 285 in Darlington Township.
Beaver County Game Warden Matt Kramer reports multiple citations have been filed in response to individuals operating motorized vehicles in areas posted closed to such activity. Many of these individuals admit to seeing the closed to motorized vehicle signs, but choosing to ignore them.
Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports two individuals were warned using the State Game Lands 51 shooting range without the required hunting license, furtaker license or shooting range permit.
Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports several individuals were given warnings for camping on State Game Lands 51. Schuster would like to remind everyone that it is illegal to camp on the game lands.
Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports several individuals were given citations for riding ATVs on State Game Lands 51. Schuster would like to remind everyone that although there are plenty of access trails on the game lands, it is illegal to ride ATVs on the game lands.
Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports holding two Hunter-Trapper Education classes during the month of September. Both classes were filled and the students were very attentive. “I am pleased to say we had a 100-percent pass rate,” Harvey said. “I would like to thank all of the instructors for an excellent job.”
Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports two ATVs were caught riding on property were they weren’t permitted, but they couldn’t get away. The ATVs became stuck when they attempted to cross a river. Charges were filed against the operators.
Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports several ATV riders recently were cited for riding across state game lands and Hunter Access property. The machines were equipped with large “mudding tires” that caused severe damage to several logging roads and walking trails including the Laurel Highlands hiking trail.
Somerset County Game Warden Zachary Edwards reports that, with the expansion of Disease Management Area 2 into western Somerset County, all should help to spread word that the intentional feeding of deer is prohibited within DMAs. “We encourage all Pennsylvanians to go to www.pgc.pa.gov to view the updated DMA 2 map,” Edwards said. “Please call the Southwest Regional Office with questions.”
Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports an individual has been charged for unlawful taking or killing of big game. The defendant’s vehicle was found immobilized in a ditch with deer blood and hair on the bumper. A freshly killed antlerless deer was subsequently found at the defendant’s residence. The deer is believed to have been taken in the early morning hours of the day the carcass was found.
Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports an individual has been charged for multiple state game lands violations after a concerned citizen reported a description of the defendant’s vehicle to the Southwest Region Office and stated they believed the vehicle had been operating on state game lands. Several days after the report, the officer spotted a vehicle matching the description approximately 20 miles away. A traffic stop was performed based on the description and the driver admitted to operating the vehicle on state game lands.
Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports an individual has been charged for operating a dirt bike on State Game Lands 111 in Somerset County. The vehicle was observed on a surveillance camera and the owner was tracked down by a partial license plate number.
Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports multiple individuals have been charged for dumping trash on various Hunter Access properties.
Washington County Game Warden Adam Traynor reports there has been in increase in ATV and side-by-side traffic on State Game Lands and Hunter Access properties, resulting in multiple citations. Charges also are pending against individuals dumping trash on State Game Lands 245.