Oct 25, 2014, 5:11

58 Citations Filed Aginst 4 Pennsylvania Individuals

Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has filed a total of 58 citations against four individuals who are charged with illegally taking 14 deer, as well as other wildlife, and fines in the incident could top $47,000.

The charges result from a nearly yearlong investigation by Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Jacob J. Olexsak.

Olexsak charged Bryon M. Laskowski, 42, of Conneautville, Pa., along with three male juveniles, with multiple violations of the Game and Wildlife Code for offenses that occurred in the Conneautville area of Spring Township, Crawford County, from November 2012 through April of this year. A total of 14 deer were taken or possessed, along with a fisher, an otter, a flying squirrel and several Canada geese.

Four Nebraska Men Plead Guilty To 2013 Poaching Of Mule Deer

Four Nebraska Men Plead Guilty To 2013 Poaching Of Mule Deer

Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00

(Lusk, Wyo.) – A joint poaching investigation last November between the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Nebraska Game and Parks netted four Nebraska residents for poaching mule deer near the Wyoming/Nebraska stateline. The men plead guilty to several poaching violations, resulting in more than $17, 500 in fines and restitution.

The investigation began after Lusk Game Warden Brady Vandeberg received reports from local landowners that Nebraska hunters were illegally taking mule deer in Wyoming while the season was closed. Warden Vandeberg and Nebraska conservation officer Dan Kling began conducting surveillance to see what was going on. What was discovered was a pattern of illegal behavior.

Art Smith, age 64, Nebraska was found guilty of hunting on private land without permission, illegally baiting big game and knowingly taking antlered big game out of season. Smith received probation until June of 2016, over $10,000.00 in fines, and ordered to pay $4,000.00 in restitution. Smith was also given a suspended 120 day jail sentence, which was suspended, and lost his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for life in Wyoming. Additional charges of taking big game from a vehicle and with artificial light were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

 Left, to right, WCOs Dan Murray, Dave Stewart and Mark Gritzer, and Northcentral Region Law Enforcement Supervisor Rick Macklem pose with the antlers seized in the poaching investigation that has led to charges against three Centre County men. The 10- by 9-point rack at right initially was measured at 432 7/8 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program. Only two bulls legally harvested in Pennsylvania have scored higher. The rack from the 5-by-7 bull is at left, and the sawed-off antlers from the 4-by-5 can be seen in front of it.

Charges Filed In Poaching Of Record-Class Bull Elk

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

Three bull elk illegally killed; one of them among the largest ever recorded in Pennsylvania.

One of the largest bull elk ever recorded in Pennsylvania was shot illegally along with two other bulls this month, and three Centre County men have been charged with teaming in a poaching effort, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced.

The largest of the three bulls had a 10- by 9-point non-typical rack that initially was measured at 432 7/8 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program. At that score, and if the bull had been legally harvested, it would rank as Pennsylvania’s third-largest bull elk ever.

It'S Not Easy Wearing Green In New Brunswick'S Forests

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00


I ran into a conservation officer one day during a moose-scouting expedition, and he took a break from his duties for a bit of a chat.    Moose season is a busy time for New Brunswick conservation officers. After all, there aren't as many as there used to be,and their workloads are only going up at the same time that their numbers are going down.   

A few years ago the province divided our wardens into two groups: conservation officers (the guys who enforce game laws) and forest rangers (who take care of the trees, both live and dead ones). Let's pretend that there are 50 actual enforcement officers (I have no idea how many these days. I pulled that number out of my hat). That doesn't mean there are 50 in the woods at any given time. At any point in time, some conservation officers will be on holidays or doing paper work, in court, serving documents, off sick, enjoying a day off in lieu of overtime,taking a language course, having their computerized trucks fixed, learning how to work those newfangled computers in their trucks, or whatever.    It ain't easy wearing green.   

Cougar Sighting Upsets British Columbia Residents

Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Carol Walton spotted a cougar on her family's property near Beaver Creek and Grigg Road on Sunday at 7 p.m. Her two dogs were anxiously barking at what she thought was a black bear. After noticing that it was a mountain lion, Carol hurried back to her house and alerted her son, Kirk.

"I've been here 50 years and I've never seen [a cougar]," Carol said, adding she believes the number of cougars in the area has been increasing lately. "But I always knew they were around."

Horses act differently, as if prepared to flee, when a cougar is in the area, she noted.

Carol had been volunteering as a horse riding coach for the Alberni Valley 4-H Clubs on Sunday. The youth participants, as young as nine years old, were out practicing their equine handling skills until 5 p.m. that evening - just two hours before the cougar showed up, Carol said.

Bronson and Minty, Carol's Belgian shepherd and miniature schnauzer, were barking anxiously in the twilight. Some wild predator was out there.

"I told them to get the bear," said Carol, who had chased off a black bear from their property a week earlier. "The dogs were having an absolute fit."

They were barking differently and leaping up, she noticed. From her animals' behaviour she looked closer and saw that it wasn't another bear. This particular creature was more aggressive. Carol recalled quickly leaving with her two dogs. "You have to give a cougar a lot of respect," she said.

The Beaver Creek resident jogged up the road and told her family about the encounter. Her son Kirk then went to have a look around.

"It was pretty traumatized from the dogs," Carol said, adding she's certain the cougar isn't coming back. "I'm not worried about it."

Thomas Pigeon has been fined $8,000 for possessing two muskox and a wood bison that were illegally hunted in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Illegal Bison, Muskox Hunts Get Reality Show Founder $8K Fine

Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00

The founder of a hunting reality show is being forced to pay an $8,000 fine for possessing two muskox and a wood bison that were illegally hunted in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

In March of 2003, Thomas Pigeon came north to hunt muskox in Nunavut and wood bison in the Northwest Territories for his hunting adventure show, Canada in the Rough.

But the hunters drove their vehicles too close to the animals so they were easier to kill.

Five years ago someone tipped off the Ontario government about mounts brought back to the province, and wildlife investigators seized video footage of the illegal hunt.