5 fined $55K for illegally killing 265 snow geese

Bruce Metz, Southeast Region Director, Chuck Lincoln, Southeast Law Enforcement Supervisor and Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Ed Shutter look over the snow geese that were taken. (Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission)
Bruce Metz, Southeast Region Director, Chuck Lincoln, Southeast Law Enforcement Supervisor and Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Ed Shutter look over the snow geese that were taken. (Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Five people have admitted to the illegal killing of 265 snow geese and together will pay more than $55,000 in fines and replacement costs.

Each of the hunters has pleaded guilty to all charges they faced, according to a Pennsylvania Game Commission news release.

The charges stem from an April 1 incident near Myerstown – in Marion Township, Berks County – where the five killed 365 snow geese. 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.

Norman Brubaker, 30, of Bernville, pleaded guilty to 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. He also agreed to pay $14,990 in fines and replacement costs.

Laverne Frey, 34, of Womelsdorf, pleaded guilty to one count of a violation involving federal laws and 48 counts of unlawful taking and possession of snow geese, and agreed to pay $10,040 in fines and replacement costs.

Nevin Frey, 28, of Myerstown, pleaded guilty to one count of a violation involving federal laws and 48 counts of unlawful taking and possession of snow geese. He also agreed to pay $10,040 in fines and replacement costs.

Kenneth Oberholtzer, 26, of Womelsdorf, pleaded guilty to one count of a violation involving federal laws and 48 counts of unlawful taking and possession of snow geese. He also agreed to pay $10,040 in fines and replacement costs.

Nelson Sensenig, 25, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty to one count of a violation involving federal laws and 48 counts of unlawful taking and possession of snow geese. He also agreed to pay $10,040 in fines and replacement costs.

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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