Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pennsylvania: PA State Police Find Two Primed, Live IEDs in Woods, See Below Restrictions Re: Hunting

According to http://www.leighvalley.com, hunting in parts of the Poconos is temporarily off limits as the search continues for alleged cop killer Eric Frein, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced Wednesday (October 1).

The announcement coincides with the start of the archery season for deer hunting.

Game commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough made the executive order, which affects seven municipalities in Pike and Monroe counties.

The Monroe County municipalities are Price, Barrett and Paradise townships.

The Pike County municipalities are Porter, Lehman, Blooming Grove and Greene townships.

All fall within state gaming lands formally called Wildlife Management Unit 3D, but the commission noted in a news release that the order also applies to hunting on private land in the township."While we realize this temporary closure might disappoint some of the hunters and trappers it affects, we're certain, too, they understand the gravity of the situation, as well as the danger in allowing the seasons to continue as scheduled," Hough said in a statement.

He added that good hunting and trapping opportunities remain outside the closed area. He asked that hunters adjust their plans. 

COMMENT: Authorities have discovered two primed pipe bombs to inflict significant bodily injury, in their search for Frein, which has focused on Monroe and Pike counties.

Hough said the discovery of the explosives factored into the decision to issue the executive order.

Pennsylvania's archery hunting season for deer starts Saturday and runs through Nov. 15.

Mike Dlugos, who hunts in Price Township and runs Mike's Bait and Sport Shop in Nazareth, said few hunters will consider the restrictions a hardship given the reasons behind it.

"I think it's a smart thing," he said of the temporary restrictions. "I've got other places to go. Let law enforcement do what they have to do to get this guy....With them finding pipe bombs, I want them to go through everything thoroughly so when we do go up there again, it's safe."

"We're lucky in Pennsylvania to have lots and lots of public lands for hunting," said Dlugos, of Northampton. There are other state game lands and state forests. It's no big deal.

Frein, 31, of Canadensis in Barrett Township, Monroe County, is accused of staging an ambush Sept. 12 outside the state police Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County, shooting to death Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) troopers Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass.

Wednesday marked the 19th day of searching for Eric Frein.

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