The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating after a video of two kids kicking and abusing a deer has been circulating on Facebook. In the video, two kids are seen kicking a deer in the face after shooting it, stepping on its legs and ripping of its antlers, while it was still alive. The video quickly went viral, with some online users creating a petition calling for criminal charges against both teens for “the torturing of innocent wildlife.” As of Sunday night, the petition had about 58,000 supporters. The Pennsylvania Game Commission said they are investigating the incident and anyone with information related to the video is being asked to call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001.
PennDOT is issuing an update on its cable median barrier installation project along more than 13 miles of roadway in Mifflin, Juniata and Centre Counties. The project will enhance safety and reduce the potential for head-on collisions on high-volume traffic routes. This week, motorists will encounter short term closures of the left passing lane on Route 22 westbound between Lewistown and McVeytown. These daylight closures will be removed at the end of each day. All work is weather and schedule dependent with the full project expected to be finished by mid-December.
The Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement is looking for 18-20 year olds that are interested in participating in the Age Compliance Program by volunteering as Underage Buyers. The program is where 18-20 year olds are trained and accompanied by Bureau officers to establishments licensed to sell alcohol where they will then make an attempt to purchase alcohol in an undercover capacity. Applicants cannot be employed by liquor licensed establishments while participating in the program and must have no criminal history. Interested 18-20 year olds can get more information or apply by contacting District Enforcement Office #5 at 814-693-6200.
It’s official: expanded Sunday hunting is coming to Pennsylvania in 2020. Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 147, permitting additional hunting on three Sundays per calendar year—one within archery season, one with the firearms season and one selected by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The law will take effect February 25, 2020 and the first new Sunday hunting opportunities will be identified by the Game Commission thereafter. The bill also gives Game Commission officers the authority to investigate private-land trespassing complaints and enforce trespassing violations as a primary offense. Once the new law takes effect, hunting-related private-land trespassing violations will be enforced year-round by the Game Commission.