Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Director Keith Harbaugh today announced the results of an ATV law enforcement detail conducted at three locations over the Labor Day weekend.
The detail was conducted on Sunday Sept. 4, from noon until 6 p.m. The operation focused on protecting State Game Lands and private property enrolled in the agency's Hunter Access Program by curtailing illegal ATV activity on these properties.
"Unlawful use of ATVs on property where they are prohibited is one of the most frequent complaints we receive from landowners," Harbaugh said. "This operation was conducted in an effort to send a clear message that if you unlawfully operate ATVs on property without the landowner's permission you will be cited. We had 14 Wildlife Conservation Officers and 20 Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officers active on this operation, and they were assisted by officers from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and local law enforcement."
In all, 29 citations were issued for operation of motorized vehicles on lands closed to that activity. Additional citations issued were: one citation for using a motor vehicle to avoid identification/inspection; and one citation for violating SGL regulations. One water pollution case was detected and turned over to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission for investigation. Nine warnings were issued for various violations.
Pennsylvania has 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands and more than 3.6 million acres of private property enrolled in the agency's Hunter Access Program.