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Field Reports - April 27, 2018

Clearfield County Game Warden David Stewart reports that bald-eagle sightings continue to increase. In a month, six different individuals advised him they saw eagles in different locations.

Union County Game Warden Dirk Remensnyder reports that an out-of-season rabbit hunting case is being investigated.

Elk County Game Warden Susan Edmiston reports that several dumping cases are being investigated in different areas of the district.

Clinton County Game Warden Kirk Miller reports an individual recently was found guilty of possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle during the firearms deer season. Fines total over $150.

Lycoming County Game Warden Jonathan M. Wyant reports deer issues in eastern Lycoming County continue to abound. Recently, a farmer told him over 100 deer were in his fields one rainy evening.

Lycoming County Game Warden Harold Cole reports that he, along with several other employees, assisted with the National Archery in the Schools Program state competition held in State College. Cole said it’s amazing to see all of the young people act in unison with the range commands. The Instructors should be commended on the hard work they put in with these kids. The smiles the kids had on their faces hopefully indicate they had a great time at the friendly competition.

Centre and Clinton counties Game Warden Dan Murray reports that wardens patrolled local creeks for pre-season trout poachers and several arrests were made.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reports that charges related to four illegal deer were filed against a Smethport man. The deer where gutted, then left to waste at the individual’s residence.

McKean County Game Warden Jeffrey Orwig reminds homeowners that as bear activity increases, bring in birdfeeders and keep trash secured.

Tioga County Game Warden Rob Minnich reports March was busy handling mange bears, setting bear traps, dealing with injured deer, and conducting investigations, as well the Hunter-Trapper Education instructor training. He attended several other meetings and training sessions.

Land Manager Eric Erdman reports that controlled burns were hindered by cold, wet and windy weather. Fortunately, there still was plenty of time for conditions to improve and burns to take place.

Land Management Group Supervisor Rodney Mee reports that 223 acres of warm-season grass fields were treated with controlled burns in the Fisher Mine area of State Game Lands 75. Controlled burns were used to treat 74 forested acres on the game lands, just south of Oregon Hill. Eighty to 100 years of mountain laurel-growth made burning on the forested tract more difficult, since mountain laurel can be highly flammable and result in too hot a fire. But the burn went well and goals were met.

Elk County State Game Warden Jason Wagner reports he is encountering more individuals hunting for shed elk antlers than ever. As in past years, with a lot of eyes searching the woods, dead elk also were found. Bulls often are found dead with their antlers sawed off. Shed hunters are reminded that only antlers that have been naturally shed are lawful to possess. Antlers that have been sawed off or still attached to the skull are unlawful to possess. If you find a bull elk with its antlers attached, report it. And if an investigation determines the animals’ death wasn’t due to illegal activity, you might have the opportunity to purchase the antlers.

Lycoming County Game Warden Kristoffer Krebs reports that a number of Hunter-Trapper Education courses have been scheduled for 2018 in Lycoming County. Information about courses near you can be found through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov. Students should consider enrolling early, as courses held later in the year often fill to capacity.

Potter County Game Warden Mark Fair reports successfully placing an abandoned 7-pound male bear cub from Harrison Valley, Potter County with a surrogate mother in Clinton County. The cub was displaced when a construction crew inadvertently bulldozed a pile of brush that contained his den site. The mother was shaken from the incident and never returned. Fortunately, bear biologist Mark Ternent and his research staff introduced the cub to a female with two cubs of her own.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports a bald eagle nest was discovered along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. This was the first documented site within the district and this nest activity serves as a good environmental indicator to the quality of aquatic life within the watershed.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that all violations from this past fall hunting season have been adjudicated in the court system.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that an adult female elk was euthanized due to it displaying clinical signs of a fractured leg. Samples were collected and submitted for CWD testing.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that all violations from recent predator-hunting contests have achieved a final disposition with all the subjects entering guilty pleas.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that individuals interested in a Hunter-Trapper Education course should visit the agency website at www.pgc.pa.gov to register for a course.

Clearfield County Game Warden Mark Gritzer reports that the agency was represented at the Clearfield County Sport Show and at Old Town Sportsmen Club monthly meeting.