Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Lost hunters found following overnight searches in Stony Creek & the Pepperbox Wilderness

forest ranger reportTown of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Oct. 17 at 1:10 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with a possible broken ankle near Chapel Pond. Five Forest Rangers responded. The first Rangers reached the 60-year-old from the state of Florida at 1:48 p.m. Rangers splinted the subject’s ankle and helped him back to the trailhead. The subject declined further medical care. Resources were clear at 2:18 p.m.

Town of Stony Creek
Warren County
Wilderness Search:
 On Oct. 18 at 9:10 p.m., Forest Rangers responded to a report of an overdue hunter. The subject was last seen at 4 p.m. at a hunting club in Stony Creek. Rangers searched overnight. At sunrise, nine Rangers joined the search and at 9 a.m., Ranger Nahor located the 58-year-old from Pleasant Valley in good health. The hunter had gotten lost behind the club the evening prior, hiked along a drainage in the morning, and ended up approximately one mile from the road.

Town of Elizabethtown
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Oct. 19 at 6:41 p.m., Forest Ranger Lieutenant Booth and Rangers Bode, Martin, and Quinn responded to a call for a hiker with a knee injury near the summit of Hurricane Mountain. At 7:45 p.m., Ranger Quinn reached the 52-year-old from Rotterdam Junction, splinted the hiker’s injury, and provided crutches. When the Rangers reached the subject’s vehicle, he declined further medical attention. Resources were clear at 10 p.m.

Town of Webb
Herkimer County
Wilderness Search:
 On Oct. 21 at 9:19 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance in the search for an overdue hunter in the Pepperbox Wilderness. The hunter had mobility issues and his ATV was still at his camp. Rangers Lee and Maxwell searched through the night. At 3 a.m., Rangers located the hunter’s tracks, which led them to a spruce swamp where they found the 62-year-old from Ilion at 6:20 a.m. The missing hunter was suffering from mild hypothermia due to the cold temperatures and heavy rain. Rangers warmed the subject and transported him back to his camp at 9 a.m.

Job Openings
Radio Dispatcher:
 DEC is hiring three part-time, temporary radio dispatchers. Positions are based in Ray Brook and focused on taking emergency calls and dispatching crews to emergencies. Dispatchers explain their job duties in a video on DEC’s YouTube channel. Applications are due by Oct. 25. For information about other DEC openings, go to DEC’s List of Job Vacancies webpage.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack 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.

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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.

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