Luzerne County man charged with 200 citations for wildlife trade

Dallas, Lucerne County (WBRE/WYOU) — Officials with the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission said they charged a man with operating an unauthorized wildlife control business and received more than 200 citations.

Nelson Carter, 67, of Shickshinny is officially the owner and operator of ACE Bat and Wildlife Control in Shickshinny.

Carter came under investigation by the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission after officials began receiving mixed complaints from the public about the quality and lack of service of his wildlife removal services, authorities said.

Investigators said they executed a search warrant on Carter’s business in December 2022, confiscating nearly 500 receipts.

Receipts show that Carter has done wildlife control work in Pennsylvania and New York in 2021 and 2022 involving multiple species, including migratory birds.

PA Game Commission officials said Carter at one point held a wildlife control operator license, which allowed him to legally acquire, harass, transport, release or dispatch designated wildlife for others at any time.

However, the license was permanently revoked in 2011 after multiple citations for license violations.

Investigators said Carter continued to operate his business illegally, servicing wildlife complaints and has been cited multiple times since 2011.

Carter now faces more than 200 citations for performing wildlife control and removal services without the required state and federal permits.

Lt. Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Director Mark Kropa asked anyone who might have more information about Carter’s illegal wildlife control activities to contact the Gaming Commission at 833-PGC-WILD.

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