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‘Big Murph’ now off limits to ATVs

Commission warns off-road riders of new prohibited ground

The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Thursday warned ATV users that wardens will cite them if they continue to ride on properties “up the mountain” that the Altoona Water Authority recently bought, then enrolled in the commission’s Hunter Access Program.

Off limits to motorized vehicles are the 2,459-acre former Cooney Bros. Coal Co. tract east of the Coupon-Gallitzin Road in Dean and Logan townships, where the “Big Murph” party site is located; and the 302-acre former Helsel Property on Chestnut Flats south of Route 36 in Logan Township, according to the commission’s notice.

“Under the Hunter Access Program agreement, these activities are no longer lawful and those apprehended in violation will be cited accordingly,” the notice states.

The program comprises more than 13,000 private parcels totaling 2.18 million acres, according to the notice.

Founded in 1936, the program is designed to increase opportunities for both hunting and trapping, according to the commission.

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