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Southeast Region

 

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039
Phone: (717) 733-1512
 

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

NOTICE: The gate located at Cold Springs Road, SGL 211 in Lebanon County, at the top of Second Mountain will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for necessary road repairs. The road is still open to foot traffic. The gate will remain open for travel Fridays through the following Mondays to allow access. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Public Shooting Ranges

Public Shooting Ranges in the Southeast Region

Field Reports - May 10, 2019

Berks County Game Warden Ryan Zawada reports that a deputy responded in April to a red fox caught in a conibear trap. Trying to catch groundhogs, the defendant set the trap over a fox den hole. Citations were filed, and the defendant pleaded guilty.

Bucks County Game Warden Tyler Barnes on opening day of spring turkey season interviewed two suspects who harvested a turkey within a safety zone. Both will be charged.

Bucks County Game Warden Shawna Burkett reports an owl was illegally shot near “John’s Pond” off Route 563 at Nockamixon State Park. The incident is believed that this occurred on or around April 27. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Southeast Region office at 610-926-3136, or leave a message at the State Park office.

Berks and Schuylkill counties Game Lands Management Group Supervisor Dave Brockmeier reports habitat-management crews have started field work. Currently, crews are concentrating on preparing managed dove areas. Additionally, approximately 6 acres of overgrown invasive species have been removed on State Game Lands 106 and the area ultimately will be converted to warm season grasses and clover to provide turkey brooding and bugging habitat.

Chester County Game Warden Matthew Johnson reports several game lands users have been cited since October for operating vehicles or riding horses in areas on State Game Lands 43 that are closed to those activities. In all cases, signs were disregarded. “This is a problem that has gotten worse over the last few years,” Johnson said. “There have been several guilty pleas already, and other charges have been filed but not yet adjudicated.”

Dauphin County Game Warden Michael Doherty reports two people were cited for riding ATVs on State Game Lands 211. The tracks of their ATVs were distinct and easy to follow to the yard of a home nearby.

One of the machines was unregistered, which added another violation. “One of the riders was celebrating his birthday that day,” Doherty said. “I think I ruined the party.”

Lancaster County Game Warden Daniel Gibble reports warning an individual for unlawfully possessing a young squirrel.

Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham reports that nuisance turkey complaints are on the rise in his district. These turkeys are from pen-raised stock and routinely cause property damage, disrupt traffic and occasionally harass children at school bus stops. Unfortunately, these birds deplete the gene pool of pure wild turkeys and risk spreading diseases to the wild population.

Lancaster County Game Warden Greg Graham reports that charges are pending against an individual who allegedly released a stray cat on state game lands. Feral cats on game lands kill untold numbers of small mammals and songbirds, which is why there is a specific regulation Pennsylvania’s Game and Wildlife Code to address this irresponsible act.

Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek cited an individual for riding his motorcycle on trails clearly marked as closed to motorized vehicles at State Game Lands 156.

Lancaster County Game Warden John Veylupek, in coordination with the local State Dog Warden., investigated a case in Manor Township in which dogs were allowed to run loose and killed deer. Multiple citations were filed.

Northampton County Game Warden Bradley Kreider reports individuals from Easton and Bethlehem were issued citations for shooting songbirds with pellet and BB guns. The defendants also shot several raccoons illegally for no other reason than they were out and about during daylight hours.

Philadelphia County Game Warden Jerry Czech reports Peggy Hentz from Red Creek Wildlife Center conducted a training for wardens in the Southeast Region. The training provided tips on how to capture wildlife safely and effectively get it to a rehab facility. The training was conducted at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia. Wildlife Rehabilitator Rebecca Michelin from the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehab Center also was on hand to train us on triage and what her facility could for injured wildlife. The training was open to local Animal Control Officer from several townships in Southern Montgomery, Delaware County and Philadelphia Animal Care and Control, PA Fish and Boat Conservation Officers, Montgomery and Phila County Park Rangers. Eighteen officers attend the training and will be putting it to use this spring to help out local wildlife in need of rescue and rehabilitation. Thanks to Peggy and Rebecca for teaching the class and to all those who attended. Warden Czech advises the public should not handle wildlife and if concerned, they should contact the nearest Game Commission office for assistance.