Sunbaked Rattlesnake – Warren County
On Aug. 7, ECO Krug responded to Turtle Island in Lake George to remove an unwanted guest from a campsite. Using the appropriate tools, Officer Krug removed a rattlesnake sunning itself near the shoreline. Turtle Island is a popular spot for rattlesnakes from nearby Tongue Mountain. ECOs respond to similar calls to the island several times a year. Based on its painted tail, Officer Krug determined the rattlesnake had been picked up in the past. He turned the snake over to a research assistant working with a professor at Skidmore College studying the local rattlesnake population. The students collect data from the snake and then release it further away from potential human contact.
Truck Detail – Essex County
On Aug. 3, ECOs in Essex County joined the New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit for a vehicle checkpoint focusing on emissions in the town of Schroon. Officers checked many trucks and tested the exhaust on 10 stacks emitting visible smoke. While none of the trucks were over the opacity limit, the ECOs issued tickets to three drivers for inadequate leaking exhausts. Officers took one truck out of service for multiple violations.