and several deputies were posted along the pipeline, hoping to catch ATV and dirt bike riders enjoying an illegal ride through game lands.
"Let's go to work," Allen
said, placing a hand on the keys already in the ignition.
For the next five minutes, Allen
and Pfeil listened intently for the approaching hum of the ATVs.Allen
vehicle as the sound grew louder.
Less than a minute later, a line of three ATVs whizzed by on the pipeline, 20 feet in front of Allen's vehicle.The second rider glanced at Allen and hit the throttle.
"There we go.Hold on," Allen
said as he
flipped on the lightbar on his
vehicle and hit the gas.
Maneuvering down the bumpy trail, Allen
deputies to be ready.When he
arrived, Drutherosky and Krukovitz had the riders stopped.
The riders handed over their ATV license plates and identification, while Allen
asked them if they were aware they were riding on state game lands.
"You can't ride on game lands and if it's not your own property, you can't be on it without permission," Allen
scrambled back into his
truck, drove up the hill and parked off the trail below a rise.Two minutes later, the pair of dirtbike riders roared over the hill, skidding to a stop as Allen
pulled up with lights flashing.The ATV idled to a stop behind the dirtbikes, expressions of shock on the riders' faces.
"Turn the bikes off," Allen
shouted as he
jumped from his
arranged for their parents to pick them up at Suscon Road.
...PGC Wildlife Conservation Officer Dave Allen, who covers part of Luzerne County, said ATV activity is increasing dramatically in his district, both on game lands and on Earth Conservancy property, which is managed by the PGC.
has seen eggs smashed underneath the tires of ATVs riding illegally on game lands.
said ATV trails on PGC property have resulted in significant erosion problems, especially in fragile wetland areas.
The harm caused to his
deputies and the environment keeps Allen
motivated to curb illegal ATV activity on game lands.But he
admits it's a difficult problem to eradicate because ATVs are extremely popular.
"It's not that we dislike ATVs," Allen
...Seems to me like officer Allen has an agenda against ATV's.
So worried about the 10 turkies that wont be there, blaming it on ATV use, which he
can not substantiate.How does he
know there wasnt a coyote in the area which harrassed the nest?
Why doesnt he
come out and say how bad motor vehicles are for the states deer population.Dont we kill over 50,000 deer a year with automobiles?
I absolutely support his
efforts to fine people riding where they shouldnt be, but when he
comes out saying ATV's are so bad for wildlife, he
has taken an agenda, which I dont support.