Residents asked to report turkey sightings. See story below.

 

…Lewis Run man arrested for strangulation, Potter DA declines prosecution….Levittown woman arrested for drugs in Tioga County….Residents asked to report turkey sightings…turkey sightings…

MCKEAN COUNTY

State police at Lewis Run arrested 35 year old Adam Priest of Lewis Run for strangulation. Troopers were called to DeCasper Drive just before 2:00 am New Year’s Eve and took Priest to the McKean County Jail. The victim is listed as 23 year old Lewis Run woman.

POTTER COUNTY

Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson has declined to prosecute a 39 year Coudersport man suspected of violating a Protection From Abuse order filed on behalf of two Austin girls, ages 14 & 15. State police did not reveal any details.

TIOGA COUNTY

A 22 year old  Levittown, PA woman was arrested by Mansfield State police for drug possession last Friday morning in Lawrence Township. Troopers did not release the suspect’s name, but claim when they pulled her 2020 Hyundai over for speeding on Route 15 North, they found suspected marijuana inside the car.

STATEWIDE

The Game Commission is asking for the public’s help finding turkey flocks to trap for ongoing turkey projects. The agency is encouraging Pennsylvanians to report the location of any turkey flocks they see between now and March 15. Information is being collected online at https://pgcdatacollection.pa.gov/TurkeyBroodSurvey.Visitors to that webpage will be asked to provide the date of the sighting, the location, and the type of land (public, private or unknown) where birds are seen, among other things. Game Commission crews will visit sites to assess them for the potential to trap turkeys. Turkeys will not be moved; they’ll simply be leg banded and released on site. In four Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) some also will be outfitted with GPS transmitters, then released back on site to be monitored over time. Trapping turkeys during winter is part of our ongoing population monitoring as well as a large-scale turkey study.Just like the last three winters, the Game Commission will put leg bands on male turkeys statewide. Hunters who harvest one of those turkeys, or people who find one dead, are asked to report the band number by either calling the toll-free number or emailing the Game Commission using the email address on the band. New on this year’s leg bands is a website for directly reporting the information into the database.

These data PROVIDE  information on annual survival rates and annual spring harvest rates for the Game Commission’s population model and provides the person reporting information on when and approximately where it was banded.

The Game Commission is also attaching GPS transmitters to a sample of turkeys in WMUs 2D, 3D, 4D and 5C; on approximately 150 hens and 100 males total. The four study areas have different landscapes, turkey population densities, and spring hunter and harvest densities.

These studies are being done in partnership with Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Futures Program.The population and movement portion of that work is looking at how landscape and weather impact hen nest rates, nest success, poult survival, predation, habitat use and movement. The disease portion of the study is examining how disease prevalence varies based on landscape and impacts things like the survival and nesting rates of hens of different ages. This is accomplished by collecting blood, tracheal, feces and skin from turkeys that receive backpack-style transmitters at the time of capture. The study will continue next winter for both males and females, and continue through 2025 for hens, so that in the end, the Game Commission will monitor more than 400 females and more than 200 males. Researchers from Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Futures Program will interpret the data collected. Biologists from Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio joined the study this year as well.

Last winter’s Wild Turkey Sighting Survey was extremely useful to staff for locating trappable flocks, according to the Game Commission.