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Five have pleaded guilty to combining to take 265 snow geese over the permitted limit.



The five people charged with combining to kill 265 snow geese over the permitted limit all have pleaded guilty to charges and together will pay more than $55,000 in fines and replacement costs, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today.

The last of the five defendants pleaded guilty Monday to all charges he faced, bringing resolution to the case, which stems from an April 1 incident in Marion Township, Berks County.


On that date, Wildlife Conservation Officer Brian Sheetz, along with WCO Dave Brockmeier and Deputy WCO Ed Shutter, received information about a lot of shooting in the area of Church Road in Myerstown.

The officers arrived and found evidence a large number of snow geese had been shot. Through their investigation, it was learned that the five defendants had killed 365 snow geese.

The daily bag limit is 25 snow geese per hunter. And since one of the hunters also didn’t possess the required migratory bird license, he wasn’t permitted to harvest any snow geese.  

Between May 19 and June 1, each defendant pleaded guilty to all charges he faced. Magisterial District Judge Gail Greth, of Fleetwood, accepted the guilty pleas.


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Game Commission urges outdoors enthusiasts to take precautions to prevent Lyme disease. 


A gorgeous spring day simply shouldn't be wasted indoors.

But enjoying the state’s scenic beauty and plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities comes with its risks.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that poses a serious human health risk that is heightened for those who spend more time outdoors.

So when heading outside to enjoy those perfect days, outdoors enthusiasts should remember that taking a few simple precautions can greatly reduce the risk of picking up ticks that might carry Lyme disease.


How the Game Commission is helping

Each year, the Game Commission uses controlled burns to improve wildlife habitat on state game lands throughout Pennsylvania. More than 5,000 acres under the Game Commission’s control were treated with this method in 2014.

While fire is prescribed to regenerate grasses and restore young forests, another benefit is the effective immediate removal of ticks from the areas that are burned.

A study by the Game Commission on one tract of state game lands showed an 88 percent reduction in the blacklegged tick population following prescribed fire, and the population remained lower there in the few years following the burn.

Because prescribed fire is a productive and cost-effective tool for managing wildlife habitat, the Game Commission will continue with burns at additional tracts each year.  


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Game Commission's Strategic Plan Available for Review

Game Commission seeks input on its 2015-2020 strategic goals and objectives.


The 2015-2020 Pennsylvania Game Commission Strategic Plan is available for public review.

The Strategic Plan outlines a five-year roadmap of the agency's goals and strategies for management of the 480 species of wild birds and mammals in the state. This plan has not yet received final approval.

The draft strategic plan can be found on the Game Commission's website, Those wishing to read the plan can click the Strategic Plan icon on the home page to view it.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission's mission is to manage Pennsylvania's wild birds and their habitats for current and future generations, said R. Matthew Hough, the agency's executive director.

"Although our focus has remained basically the same since the agency was created, the challenges and opportunities facing the agency are fluid and dynamic," Hough said.

The Strategic Plan identifies specific measureable goals to help guide the agency toward its core goals. The core goals for the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan include putting wildlife first, improving wildlife habitat, following sound business practices, serving Pennsylvanians and improving support for hunting and trapping.