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the most impact to the wildlife resource. Of the violations cited, the conviction rate was 96 percent and attests not only to the discretion, but also the technical competence and professionalism of Game Commission officers. The ratio of appeals of initial convictions was less than one percent, actually .87 percent. The final measurement indicator of the dividends of the training investment was the significantly low citizen complaint to enforcement contact ratio that has been consistently maintained since the inception of the complaint tracking system, with less than 1/1000 of a percent of enforcement contacts filing complaints against officers. Only six complaints were received against officers this year, one of which was sustained. In the fall of 2011 the Bureau of Wildlife Protection conducted a data analysis of our prosecution data base to determine peak night-time poaching activity. Then a statewide task force was coordinated called Operation Talon that focused officers of the PGC, PFBC, DCNR and PSP, including PSP air support, across the commonwealth focusing on poaching activity for a 2-week period. More than 500 officers participated in the operation and resulted in 313 enforcement contacts, 192 citations or arrests and 94 warnings. Several other criminal violations detected were turned over to PSP for prosecution, including 5 DUIs, 2 felons not to possess firearms and several drug or drug paraphernalia charges. The top 10 violations prosecuted this year also indicate that officers are focusing their efforts on violations with the most impact to the wildlife resource. They are: • Unlawful taking or possession of Game or Wildlife — 496 prosecutions • Possession of a loaded firearm in a motorized vehicle — 407 prosecutions • Operating vehicles on State Game Lands in areas closed to travel, primarily ATV violations — 379 prosecutions • Hunt or take wildlife through the use of bait or enticement — 294 prosecutions • Cast a light after 11 p.m. — 197 prosecutions • Big game tagging violations — 195 prosecutions • Hunt or take wildlife through use of a motor vehicle — 195 prosecutions • Kill/possess big game in closed season or excess of bag limits — 185 prosecutions • Unlawful use of lights while hunting — 153 prosecutions • Safety Zone violations — 131 prosecutions Additional surveillance cameras were purchased this fiscal year to enhance the special investigation units’ evidence gathering capabilities. Officers have expanded the use of Internet and social media sites as investigative resources. Increased coordination with other state and federal wildlife investigation units has resulted in four interstate investigations this reporting period. We have initiated the process to add three advanced overt investigation officers, which will greatly enhance the units’ capabilities, but are contingent upon a complement increase. The Turn-In-A-Poacher (TIP) Hotline program continues to grow and develop each year from information provided by concerned citizens. Last fiscal year 941 calls and emails were relayed to the appropriate region — a 48 percent increase from the prior fiscal year, and an 86 percent increase from the year before that. The number of successful prosecutions increased along with the number of reward payments paid out to witnesses and informants for information that lead to the successful prosecutions of specific charges. Twenty-eight reward payments were paid out totaling $7,000. Twenty-two new deputy WCOs were recruited and trained this reporting period. This fiscal year the special permit enforcement division issued 1,708 special permits and completed 36 amendments to existing permits. Marcellus Shale drilling activity and wind energy development are causing significant increases in workload in this division.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013
Contents
PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
Late Season Grouse
Then and Now
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Late Season Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Then and Now
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Crossings
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