Field officers for the state Game Commission's Northcentral region filed the following reports on March 29, according to the agency's website:
Tioga County Wildlife Conservation Officer Bob Minnich reports he has been monitoring known eagle nests in the area and has confirmed five nests with eagles. By mid-month, they all appeared to be incubating. Four of the five have reused nests from previous year, but one pair seems to move at least every other year. This year they moved again, but he found the nest.
Minnich also said he has been checking some furtakers, but weather has been hard on them, as one day it is warm and sunny next day cold and snowy. This has been affecting both trappers and hunters, but the persistent ones have had some success.
Lycoming County WCO Kristoffer Krebs said that on Feb 17, a Lycoming County man was cited as a result of an incident that occurred during the Mosquito Creek Coyote Hunt. The incident occurred just after midnight in Jackson Township, Lycoming County. The defendant was road hunting for coyote while using a spotlight. There were three loaded rifles in the vehicle at the time of the incident. The defendant was charged with one count of unlawful use of lights while hunting, one count of unlawful devices and methods, and three counts of loaded firearms in vehicles. He faces fines of $1,700 to $2,900.
Elk County WCO Doty McDowell saw and heard his first male bluebird singing on Feb. 25.
McKean County WCO Len Groshek reports a Smethport man pled guilty to various charges resulting from an investigation that began during deer season when a dead doe was discovered strangled in an illegal snare. Two other snares were found set in the area and the defendant was not checking a foothold trap he set that held a coyote for several days. Fines and court costs totaled nearly $1,000.
Northeast Field Officer Report: March 29
Columbia County WCO John Morack reports that 40 Central Columbia School District students recently successfully competed a Hunter/Trapper Education Course.
Wyoming County WCO Victor Rosa reports several incidents of dogs running deer have been reported in the county. Pet owners that allow their dogs to roam freely risk not only loosing the pet but face possible prosecution for several violations. Wildlife have very limited resources this time of year, wasting energy while being chased by dogs may weaken the wildlife exposing them to disease and malnutrition, both that could lead to death of wildlife.