State game lands in and around Erie County are being used for purposes other than hunting and enjoying the outdoors, according to the latest Field Officer Report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Shayne A. Hoachlander, a land management group supervisor in Erie and Crawford counties, said that electronics have been dumped on game lands more frequently. “Recent regulations that prohibit the disposal of electronics in landfills, although well intentioned, has resulted in increased dumping of electronic items on state game lands. Most recently, the Food & Cover crew discovered approximately 10 televisions at the SGL 109 public shooting range.”
Game Land 109 is in Waterford Township.
Mario L. Piccirilli, a land management group supervisor in Mercer and Venango counties, also has run into dumping issues.
“Food & Cover crews continue to have problems with individuals using state game lands’ parking lots to dump tires, refuse and general garbage. The Food & Cover crews have to spend extra time cleaning up all the garbage. This takes valuable time away from working on habitat. Please do not hesitate to call the Pennsylvania Game Commission with any information regarding individuals littering on state game lands. Conservation officers will follow up and cite these individuals. Individuals who litter are actually stealing the hunters’ dollars used to maintain these parking lots.”
John A. McKellop, a wildlife conservation officer in Venango County, has had issues with ATVs.
“ATVs being driven illegally on state game lands and the large Forest Game Cooperator properties continues to be a problem,” he wrote in his report. “Although the accompanying $100 to $200 fines is a strong deterrent, others continue to illegally go on these areas with their ATVs. Often when being cited, an operator will say something like, ‘Where then am I supposed to ride my ATV?’ If you don’t have a good area to operate your ATV, then you might want to sell it or not buy one in the first place.
See something occurring on game lands that shouldn’t be? Call the Northwest Region office in Franklin at (814) 432-3188 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.