Tuesday, May 16, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Routine Patrol Results in Multi-Agency Arrest – Washington County
On April 12, while patrolling a public parking area commonly used by anglers to access the Champlain Canal, ECO Thibodeau observed two individuals acting suspiciously in a vehicle. He began a preliminary investigation and then contacted the Washington County Sherriff’s Department for assistance.

Officers later arrested the subjects for outstanding warrants and searched the vehicle where they found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

A lock box inside the car also contained more controlled substances. Both subjects are facing drug possession charges and one of the individuals, wanted on a federal warrant, was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after being processed on the state charges.

Impatient Turkey Hunter – Saratoga County
On April 30, one day before spring turkey season opened, ECO Shaw received an anonymous tip from a complainant who reported hearing a single shot earlier that morning and watched his neighbor run into a wooded area with a large bag. Officer Shaw arrived at the location and interviewed the suspected hunter. The hunter eventually admitted to shooting a large tom turkey out of season, claiming he was too anxious for the season to begin. However, a quick check with DEC Dispatch revealed the hunter had not yet purchased his turkey privileges. When ECO Shaw asked to inspect the firearm used to illegally take the bird, the hunter handed over a rifle that is not legal for hunting turkeys. Officer Shaw issued tickets to the hunter for hunting out of season, hunting without a turkey privilege, and taking turkey with a rifle. He also seized the turkey as evidence.

ECO Shaw in Saratoga County with turkey taken illegally one day before the start of the hunting season

ECO Shaw in Saratoga County with turkey taken illegally one day before the start of the hunting season. NYS DEC photo.

DLE Pipe and Drum Band Honors Park Police Graduates – Saratoga County
On May 3, DEC DLE Director Karen Przyklek attended the graduation of the 17th New York State Park Police Officers Basic School at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga. DLE’s Pipe and Drum Band joined Director Przyklek and opened the ceremony by marching in the Academy staff and 32 new Park Police Officers. The Environmental Conservation Police band consists of current and retired members of the New York State DEC DLE.

DLE Director Przyklek (front row, right of drum) with members of the Department of Environmental Conservation Police Pipe and Drum band

DLE Director Przyklek (front row, right of drum) with members of the Department of Environmental Conservation Police Pipe and Drum band. NYS DEC photo.

DEC DLE Pipe and Drum Band marching in the Park Police graduates

DEC DLE Pipe and Drum Band marching in the Park Police graduates. NYS DEC photo.

To contact an ECO to report an environmental crime or to report an incident, call 1-844-DEC-ECOS for 24-hour dispatch or email central.dispatch@dec.ny.gov (for non-urgent violations).

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.




5 Responses

  1. Charlie Stehlin says:

    The poor bird! Ambling around in the woods enjoying the fresh spring air, probably its hormones racing in thought of a missus, no threat to anyone, a happy bird; and along comes a human with his long gun. From bliss to turkey heaven all on a moments notice! It happens all the time!

    • William says:

      When done legally Charlie and all rules have been followed it is one of the most difficult yet rewarding experiences you can have in the Adirondacks, you should try it.

    • Dana says:

      The same thing can happen to humans.

  2. Charlie Stehlin says:

    I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night William were I to shoot a turkey, or any animal for that matter. I can see the rewards in the efforts of those who do practice this sport, but for me……my camera is what I shoot with! I’m still haunted by the birds I took aim at and felled from the limbs of trees with a pellet gun when I was a boy, and did I have a good aim, which I’m not proud about all of these years later!  All of these years later I still see that morning dove falling from that one tree near the Muncie Woods, and it still haunts me. Took it down with one of those air-canister pellet guns which were so popular back in the day. I don’t know how, or why, I’ve made it thus far delicately aware that I am; and why some things never go away must be for more than just to be a tortured soul the remainder of my years. I suppose it is so as to keep me in line, which so far is working.

  3. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “The same thing can happen to humans.”

    But of course Dana! Which is no coincidence!

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