Town of Arietta
Fugitive Search: For the last five months, Forest Ranger Lieutenant Kerr and Rangers Hamm, Nally, and Thompson assisted the U.S. Marshals Service in the search for a wanted fugitive from Gloversville. The 35-year-old had been living in the woods on state land with minimal outside contact. On August 22 while on patrol, Rangers Hamm and Thompson spotted the subject camping near Chubb Lake.
The Rangers contacted the Marshals who tracked the suspect for the next day and made an arrest in Schenectady on August 23 without incident. The suspect was wanted on a parole violation and suspicion of making bomb threats.
Town of North Hudson
Wilderness Rescue: On August 23 at 4:00 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch alerted Forest Rangers to an injured hiker on the Beckhorn Trail on Dix Mountain. Rangers requested New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation. NYSP Pilot Beck flew Forest Rangers to the scene. At 5:40 p.m., Ranger Praczkajlo inserted Ranger Corey to the victim. Ranger Corey stabilized the hiker’s knee injury and then secured the 23-year-old from Rochester for a hoist. Ranger Praczkajlo hoisted the hiker into the helicopter, so they could be flown to the hospital. Ranger Corey hiked the subject’s companion and their gear back to Elk Lake. Resources were clear at 9:45 p.m.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On August 26 at 5:26 p.m., Forest Ranger O’Connor responded to a call for a subject who had fallen off a bicycle while riding on the Peninsula Nature Trails. Ranger O’Connor quickly reached the 66-year-old from Saranac Lake, who was bleeding from his head and complained about sharp pain from his forehead, elbow, and knee. The subject was not wearing a helmet. Forest Ranger O’Connor helped the subject to the trailhead. A Lake Placid ambulance transported him to the hospital. Resources were clear by 6:15 p.m.
Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NY, Adirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.
If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.