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August 18, 2017: Game Commission Investigating Deer Deaths In Southwestern Pennsylvania



SGL 267 Sasquatch Prescribed Fire (PDF)
Barrens Habitat and Management (PDF)
SGL 82 Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Project (PDF)
SGL 228 Road Daylight/Habitat Transition Zone Project SGL (PDF)
SGL 228 Scrub Oak Restoration/Prescribe Fire Project (PDF)
Game Lands road Improvement Projects (PDF)

Seasonal Roads, Designated Routes, Snowmobile Trails and Access for Hunters with Disabilities

Seasonal Roads Open for Hunting & Trapping
Designated Routes for Horses and Bicycles
Snowmobile Trails
Access Routes for Hunters with Disabilities (PDF)

Public Shooting Ranges

Public Shooting Ranges in the Southwest Region

Field Officer Reports - July 14, 2017

Allegheny County WCO Douglas Bergman reports several new properties have enrolled in the Hunter Access program. These properties are open to public hunting and permission from the property owner should be obtained. Unlawful activities on these properties include riding of motorized vehicles on the property, littering, camping and making campfires, and such violations might result in fines. Please respect these private property owners’ wishes.

Allegheny County WCO Tom Kline reports that a South Fayette Township resident recently was cited for trapping a juvenile red fox, putting it in a dog cage and keeping it in there for a week or more. The defendant was feeding it minimal amounts of dog food and did not give a reason as to why he was doing it.

Allegheny County WCO Dan Puhala reports that a 225-pound male black bear recently was hit by a vehicle along Route 28, near exit 13. The injured bear had to be euthanized. The bear had not been previously tagged and is among several that have been killed along this stretch of highway. Please report such incidents to the Southwest Regional Office at 724-238-9523.

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a North Sewickley Township woman pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal possession of wildlife. The Game Commission was contacted by the state Department of Health after a visitor to the residence suffered a bite wound to the arm. The raccoon, which was permitted to enter and exit the home at will, was seized and sent for rabies testing.

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports that a Pulaski Township resident is undergoing post-exposure rabies treatments after coming into contact with a raccoon that was acting aggressively in his yard. The raccoon was euthanized, sent for rabies testing and subsequently tested positive for the rabies virus.

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports a county resident pleaded guilty to hunting with a rimfire rifle during the spring turkey season. The hunter accidentally grabbed the incorrect ammunition for the shotgun he intended to hunt with and opted to carry the rifle instead of returning home. No turkey was taken with the rifle.

Beaver County WCO Mike Yeck reports that an Ohioville Borough resident pleaded guilty to operating a motorized vehicle on State Game Lands 173. The resident used the game lands as a shortcut to get his tractor to an acquaintance’s home.

Beaver County WCO Matt Kramer reports that a Baden man was cited for multiple violations surrounding the killing of a turkey. The turkey was located from a motorized vehicle, shot within a safety zone on posted property, and shot after the shooter exited the vehicle and still was within 25 yards of the road. Multiple citations have been filed in the case and the replacement cost for wildlife killed unlawfully was requested in the amount of $300.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports conducting a traffic stop after a viewing a truck driving on closed roads. The following revealed several game-law violations, as well as possession of stolen property, drugs, and paraphernalia. One of the subjects had outstanding warrants, and was transported to the district judge’s office and arraigned. Criminal and summary charges are pending.

Fayette County WCO Brandon Bonin reports that, over the past month, numerous ATV and UTV violations have been encountered on state game lands and Hunter Access properties. One individual shot and killed a cottontail rabbit immediately before he was apprehended. Enforcement action was taken in all incidents.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Andy Harvey reports a Connellsville man recently was found guilty of dumping garbage along Kibe Road in Saltlick Township, Fayette County. The judge ordered him to pay $500 in fines, plus court costs

Fayette and Westmoreland counties WCO Andy Harvey reports a Donegal man pleaded guilty to dumping garbage and driving on a road closed to motorized vehicles. The judge assessed a $450 fine, plus court costs.

Greene County WCO Jeremy Febinger reports that three residents were issued three citations and six warnings after they were found to be operating all-terrain vehicles illegally on Hunter Access property.

Somerset County WCO Zachary Edwards reports, over the course of two weekends, six ATV riders were cited for riding on state game lands. Illegal off-road-vehicle operation continues to be an issue on both game lands and Hunter Access properties.

Somerset County WCO Zachary Edwards reports a recent search warrant served by local police yielded not only illegal narcotics, but also a juvenile raccoon, which the defendant had taken from the wild. Game Law charges are pending for unlawful possession of wildlife as well as the drug charges.

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that two individuals have been charged for shooting clay pigeons and discharging firearms containing multiple projectile ammunition at the State Game Lands 50 Shooting Range in Somerset.

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that one individual has been charged criminally after he provided false identification and attempted to incriminate another individual after he was approached for violating several posted regulations at the State Game Lands 50 Shooting Range in Somerset.

Somerset County WCO Shawn Barron reports that six individuals have been cited for operating ATVs on Hunter Access property in Confluence, Somerset County.

Westmoreland County WCO Matthew Lucas reports a multi-officer effort resulted in the successful prosecution of multiple individuals for the unlawful take of big game beyond season limits and the attempt to take with the use of a lights in Sewickley Township. Each individual faces fines and loss of their hunting license for several years.

Westmoreland County WCO Bill Brehun reports that charges have been filed against several Derry Township men for the unlawful operation of motor vehicles on lands that prohibit such activity.

Westmoreland County WCO Bill Brehun reports that two Unity Township men have been charged for unlawfully operating a motorized vehicle into a restricted area, creating a campsite and maintaining an open fire, possession of alcohol, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia on the City of Latrobe Foundation Property, which is enrolled into the Hunter Access program.

Westmoreland County WCO Bill Brehun reports that a Unity Township man has been charged for the unlawful possession of four baby raccoons after attempting to try to raise them at his residence. Because of rabies risks, these four raccoons had to be submitted for testing, as multiple people had contact with these animals.