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life resources.” PGC helps Colorado case It started with a phone call from Colorado. Then Game Commission WCOs joined with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to help solve a case that spanned three states and included 20 officers. Ultimately, three men from West Virginia: John Davidson, 41, of Romney; Jeremiah Tyson, 33, of Hedgesville; and David Park, 38, of Hampshire, were charged with 49 counts of Crimes Against Wildlife in Colorado before pleading guilty to reduced charges. The connection to Pennsylvania focused on two sets of mule deer antlers, allegedly from deer illegally killed in Colorado and then transported by Davidson to Fulton County to be mounted. However, in an initial search of a business in Pennsylvania on Dec. 16, Game Commission investigators seized eight sets of mule deer antlers and one set of elk antlers, all taken in Colorado and with ties to Davidson. Later, Game Commission officers returned to the business to extract tissue samples and collect hair from eight mule deer capes. Leading the Pennsylvania investigation, WCO Kevin Mountz said that precise extraction of tissue was vital for correct DNA analysis. “DNA can be used to match wildlife with items left at a wildlife crime scene or match separated parts of the same animal,” WCO Mountz said. “Besides removing tissue and the related hair samples from the capes, we also took core samples from the antlers, to obtain material for the most accurate test.” Mountz was provided a ticket by Colorado to fly out and testify. However, when the defense learned that Mountz was enroute, Davidson decided to plead guilty without a trial. “Colorado takes wildlife violations seriously,” said Rich Palmer, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Protection director. “Davidson was convicted of willful destruction of big game, a Class 5 felony in Colorado, and sentenced to pay $9,800 in fines and serve 30 days in jail.” Palmer noted that Tyson and Park each pled guilty to various misdemeanors in the case. Additionally, Davidson and Tyson face lifetime suspensions of their hunting privileges in Colorado and the 32 other states participating in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC), which Pennsylvania does not belong to. Park has been sentenced to a 5-year license suspension. Total penalties included confiscation of about 25 sets of antlers, three big game skins, a trophy elk head, 78 packages of meat, six rifles and about $22,000 in fines. “These are the type of violators we go for,” said Mike Swaro, District Wildlife Manager in Colorado. “If everybody hunted like these guys did last year, we wouldn’t have a deer left in Colorado.” Palmer commended Mountz and Deputy WCOs Robert Strait and J. Mike Deluca for their excellent forensic work. Palmer also noted that gathering forensic evidence is not as cutand-dry as TV programs would lead viewers to believe. “Developing credible, accurate forensic conclusions to present at a trial demands that everyone up the line be incredibly precise, starting with the field collection of evidence,” Palmer related. Palmer also said that this case has a touch of irony for Pennsylvanians, as Pennsylvania is not a member of the IWVC and because we have such low penalties. “Colorado obviously places a high value on its wildlife resources,” he said. “Felonies, incarceration and seizure of GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Scofflaws
The Last Shot
Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay
Chasing the Dream
The Barberry Grouse
Mentored Youth Program Gobbler
The A Team
Hand-Me-Downs
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Scofflaws
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Last Shot
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Chasing the Dream
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Barberry Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Mentored Youth Program Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The A Team
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hand-Me-Downs
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Crossings
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