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Susquehanna,	 41	 (92);	 LackawaSoutheast:	 Dauphin,	 48	 (46);	
nna,	37	(25);	Columbia,	36	(26);	 Schuylkill,	39	(34);	Northampton,	
Northumberland,	 26	 (11);	 and	 21	(4);	Lehigh	3	(3);	Berks,	7	(2);	
Montour,	3	(0).
and	Lebanon,	4	(13).

PGC honors Onyx’s 11 years of
canine service
SINCE	 SHE	 was	 four	 months	
old,	 Onyx	 the	 Lab	 has	 been	 Officer	Linda	Swank’s	partner.	After	
slightly	more	than	a	year’s	worth	
of	intense	canine	training,	and	at	
a	 year	 and	 a	 half	 old,	 Onyx	 was	
certified	and	pressed	into	service.	
She’s	 been	 involved	 in	 hundreds	
of	cases	over	the	years.	
Linda	 recounted	 one	 case	
when	Onyx	was	still	fairly	new	to	
the	job.	It	was	a	Sunday	morning	
and	 people	 exiting	 church	 had	
heard	 three	 gunshots	 and	 saw	 a	
guy	 dressed	 in	 camouflage	 run	
into	 the	 woods.	 The	 responding	
officer	 called	 upon	 Onyx	 after	
finding	 three	 dead	 geese	 and	 no	
other	evidence.	
Onyx	 and	 Linda	 made	 their	
way	to	the	scene	as	other	officers	
canvassed	the	area	for	more	information.	 One	 man,	 with	 several	
goose	 decoys	 on	 his	 porch,	 had	
been	 suspiciously	 adamant	 about	
not	 knowing	 anything.	 When	
warned	that	a	canine	team	was	on	
the	way,	he	dropped	his	head	and	
offered	 a	 full	 confession.	 Linda	
took	 the	 case	 as	 a	 training	 op-

portunity	for	her	new	partner	and	
they	 headed	 to	 the	 scene,	 along	
with	 the	 other	 officers	 and	 the	
violator,	to	see	what	Onyx	would	
do.	
First,	 Onyx	 found	 the	 man’s	
shotgun	 buried	 in	 the	 mud.	 One	
of	 the	 investigating	 officers	 had	
stood	 nearly	 on	 top	 of	 it	 when	
surveying	 the	 scene.	 Then	 she	
sniffed	 out	 two	 unspent	 shotgun	 shells	 stuffed	 into	 a	 hole	 in	
a	 bridge	 abutment.	 Linda	 and	
Onyx	had	never	taken	on	buried	
evidence	 or	 evidence	 in	 water	
before,	 but	 there	 were	 still	 three	
spent	shells	to	find.	
Onyx	is	trained	to	alert	by	lying	 down	 with	 the	 evidence	 between	 her	 paws.	 Unable	 to	 do	
that	 in	 the	 stream,	 she	 nipped	
at	 some	 stray	 grass	 blades	 in	 the	
water.	 Officers	 found	 the	 three	
spent	 shells	 buried	 about	 a	 foot	
and	a	half	upstream.	Word	spread	
quickly	about	Onyx’s	talents	after	
that.
We	 raise	 a	 dog	 biscuit	 to	 you,	
Onyx,	 and	 wish	 you	 a	 long	 and	
happy	retirement.

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES who require special assistance at Game Commission public functions should contact the telephone number listed with the
announcement, the appropriate region office or the Harrisburg headquarters. Phone numbers for each region are listed in Game News; the Harrisburg
number is 717-787-4250.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Contents
Another Doorstep
Whitetail Predation
Pymatuning and Conneaut
Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
From the Field
Field Notes
Conservation News
Making a Difference
What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another Doorstep
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pymatuning and Conneaut
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - From the Field
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Making a Difference
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Crossings
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