Pa. game officers: 5 illegally killed 265 snow geese

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READING, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania Game Commission officials have announced charges against five people accused of illegally killing 265 snow geese.

The charges stem from an April 1 incident near Myerstown in Marion Township, Berks County, where the five killed 365 snow geese, according to a Game Commission news release.

The daily bag limit for snow geese is 25, and one of the five defendants did not have a migratory bird license, game officials said.

The Game Commission identified those charged as follows:

  • Norman Brubaker, 30, of Bernville, was charged with one count of hunting without a migratory bird license, one count of a violation involving federal laws and 73 counts of unlawful taking and possession of snow geese. Total fines and replacement costs could reach $14,990.
  • Laverne Frey, 34, of Womelsdorf, was charged with one count of a violation involving federal laws and 48 counts of unlawful taking and possession of snow geese. Total fines and replacement costs could reach $10,040.
  • Nevin Frey, 28, of Myerstown, was charged with one count of a violation involving federal laws and 48 counts of unlawful taking and possession of snow geese. Total fines and replacement costs could reach $10,040.
  • Kenneth Oberholtzer, 26, of Womelsdorf, was charged with one count of a violation involving federal laws and 48 counts of unlawful taking and possession of snow geese. Total fines and replacement costs could reach $10,040.
  • Nelson Sensenig, 25, of Lebanon, was charged with one count of a violation involving federal laws and 48 counts of unlawful taking and possession of snow geese. Total fines and replacement costs could reach $10,040.

Game officials said the illegally killed geese were processed and 288 pounds of goose meat was donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg.

The cost of processing was added to the defendant’s fines.

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