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PGC OFFICERS who helped eradicate the marijuana on SGL 217 included: 1st row, L to R, WCO Seth Mesoras, WCO Rich Joyce, WCO Dan Sitler and WCO Gary Fujak; 2nd row, L to R, IES Tom Fazi, LMO Doug Dunkerly, WCO Rod Burns, WCO Randy Crago, LES Scott Tomlinson, WCO Matt Kramer and WCO Beth Fife.

The cameras themselves are small with a tiny lens attached by wire to the battery and recording device, which we buried under debris. Motion sensors were placed around the area to activate the camera when there was activity. Two weeks later WCO Kramer and I were back to check the cameras. We downloaded the recordings and went back to the truck to take a look. One of the first date and time stamped recordings showed Marty Jane and Walter Weed tending their plants. Both cameras captured both individuals spraying the plants and checking on their progress. The date was July 30, which was the same day the cameras were set up. We decided to leave the cameras and see if there was any more activity over the next couple of weeks. The cameras did not record any more of our suspects, although there were a lot of recordings. Most of these were wind and weather related. During a region meeting I asked officers for help in eradicating the marijuana. Eleven officers showed up to help, including two supervisors, LES Tomlinson and Information & Education Supervisor Tom Fazi. We pride ourselves on helping our fellow officers. At the beginning of September we met and gathered the necessary evidence and pulled the plants. A catalog
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of records and photographs of the evidence also was recorded at that time. Twenty-one plants were found, most more than seven feet tall. I believe more existed in other locations, but we could not find them despite doing a thorough search. By the beginning of October we were ready to make our arrests. We met the suspects at their homes and placed them under arrest. Both were charged with a felony to manufacture a controlled substance, a misdemeanor for possession of a controlled substance, and a summary violation of the Game and Wildlife code for planting, cutting, digging and injuring plants on Game Lands. Both individuals pled guilty to the felony and Game and Wildlife code charges. This was a case that used our training and knowledge, as well as new and innovative technology. This was a perverse use of Game Lands and what they are designated for. The potential danger of these grow sites for our users, our Game Lands workers and our officers can be great if this activity persists. We were fortunate that no booby traps existed on these sites. That is not always the case and we must always remain alert. I want to thank my supervisors for the trust they placed in me to handle a complicated and taxing investigation. I also thank the many officers who assisted me throughout the investigation. It was a group effort and shows the dedication they have, not only to the resource, but also to the public this affects. As we go around the next bend, we never know what we might get into. 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Decisions, Decisions
Hiking the Elk Range
Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
Out of the Fog
Looking Forward To
European Skull Mounts
You Never Know
Just Gittin’ Started
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Decisions, Decisions
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Hiking the Elk Range
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Out of the Fog
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Looking Forward To
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - European Skull Mounts
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - You Never Know
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Just Gittin’ Started
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover3
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