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Southwest Region

 

News

March 1, 2019: Southwest Region Welcomes New State Game Wardens
January 15, 2019: Westmoreland County Resident Reaches Plea Agreement In Regards To Multiple Game Law Violations

Updates

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 Reports - April 26, 2019

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports two individuals are facing charges for possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia while on State Game Lands 203. Game-lands users are reminded the use or possession of alcohol or illegal controlled substances is unlawful and strictly enforced whenever encountered.

Allegheny County Game Warden Dan Puhala reports many heathy flocks of turkeys have been seen in several suburban neighborhoods. Spring turkey hunters are reminded they MUST have permission to hunt on private property and they need to be aware of all safety zones prior to hunting an area. Safety zone violations have been on the rise and carry up to $500 in fines, plus court costs.

Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports multiple interactions with raptors in the county. The list includes injured red-tailed hawks, a sharp shinned hawk complaint, and a nesting pair of bald eagles. This is a reminder with the warmer weather more animals will be moving around so keep a close eye out for Allegheny County’s wildlife.

Allegheny County Game Warden Zeb Campbell reports he recently dispatched a sick raccoon. If you see a sick raccoon contact the Game Commission and do not interact with the animal. Raccoons that appear unconcerned with your presence or aren’t afraid of your approach usually have something wrong with them. If you see a raccoon out during the day, keep your distance, and try to observe if the raccoon is eating or staying with other raccoons. If not, there is a good chance they are sick. The raccoon could have rabies and rabies cases have already been verified by animal control officers in Allegheny County.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports he has seen good turkey numbers within his district.

Fayette County Game Warden Charles T. Schuster reports Dunbar Creek on State Game Lands 51 has been seeing a lot of pressure from fly-fisherman.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports that, with spring quickly approaching, bears will be coming out of hibernation and looking for easy meals. If bears are coming around properties, all food sources including garbage, birdfeeders, and any outside pet food should be removed. The use of ammonia can act well as a deterrent around areas such as garbage cans.

Fayette and Westmoreland counties Game Warden Andy Harvey reports two juveniles pleaded guilty to shooting an antlered deer they saw while driving down the road. They also shot within a safety zone and on posted property. K-9 Storm with handler Game Warden Larry Hergenroeder were able to easily find the deer the following morning even with several inches of fresh snow covering up the evidence.

Greene County Game Warden Christopher Bence reports game wardens in Greene County are cracking down on ATV violations on state game lands.

Greene County Game Warden Christopher Bence reports there are an abundance of turkeys being seen throughout the Greene County game lands.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports a felon not to possess firearms shot a deer illegally from a road. He was charged and sentenced to serve 12 to 24 months in jail and pay fines and costs associated with the violation. He will lose his hunting and trapping privileges for several years, as well.

Somerset County Game Warden Brian Witherite reports bear dens were visited in the Southwest Region, with all sows and young cubs healthy.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports dumping and littering have continued into the spring months on both state game lands and Hunter Access properties. Citations continue to be filed.

Somerset County Game Warden Shawn Barron reports several individuals have been cited for operating ATVs in areas that are closed to motorized vehicles.

Washington County Game Warden Adam Traynor reports that, in an effort to clean up the rifle range on State Game Lands 245, law-enforcement presence has increased and multiple violations of range regulations have been detected.

Westmoreland County Game Warden Bill Brehun reports a Seward man has been charged for littering on State Game Lands 42. This violation was detected after approaching a vehicle parked off Sugar Run Road. While gathering the driver’s contact information, it came to light the driver had just cleaned his car out and thrown all of his trash over the bank behind his parked car. Needless to say, the trash was cleaned up immediately.