Thursday, May 23, 2024

Benson roadside hunter ticketed for illegal turkey take, discharging firearm within 500 ft of residence

ECO Manns with illegally taken turkey in Hamilton County

Illegal Turkey Take – Hamilton County
On May 1, ECO Manns responded to a complaint about a turkey being shot from the roadway near a residence in the town of Benson. Officer Manns interviewed the complainant and a witness to the event who described a vehicle stopping on the roadway and an occupant shooting the turkey on the complainant’s property before driving away. ECO Newell arrived at the location to assist with the investigation and evidence documentation.

ECOs Manns and Newell located and interviewed the subject a short time later. The subject admitted to shooting the turkey. ECOs issued several tickets to the subject including the illegal take of a turkey and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence.

Neighbor Gets Birds-Eye-View of Illegal Take – Oneida County
On May 11, ECO Hull received a report from a resident in Verona who claimed she had witnessed her neighbor shoot a blue heron from a shed behind his home. Officer Hull responded to the location and observed a .22 caliber rifle on the floor of the neighbor’s garage. The subject denied shooting anything and advised he was working in his basement when the alleged shot happened. ECO Hull took a quick canvass of the property and discovered a deceased blue heron next to a small pond and the subject’s shed, the same shed from which the complainant reported seeing the subject standing with the rifle. The Officer also observed an open box of bullets for a .22 caliber rifle inside the shed. The subject changed his story once confronted with the evidence and provided a full statement admitting that he killed the heron because he claimed the birds eat the frogs and fish in the pond and then leave the carcasses on the banks, leaving a mess. ECO Hull ticketed the subject for illegally taking protected wildlife, illegally taking a protected bird, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence. All tickets are returnable to the Town of Verona Court.

Illegally taken blue heron discovered in Oneida County

Illegally taken blue heron discovered in Oneida County. NYS DEC photo.

Wayward Eagle – Washington County
The search for a bald eagle with an apparent injury to its wing has ended in Washington County. Local leaders and law enforcement had received calls from residents and rehabilitators for weeks regarding the eagle spotted at various locations around the county, with what appeared to be a droopy wing and difficulty flying. Each time someone attempted a capture it, the eagle escaped. ECO Kelley received a call about a bird that fit the description and responded to a resident’s yard in the town of Cambridge where he observed the eagle near a small pond unable to take flight. Officer Kelley safely captured the bird with the assistance of nearby residents and safely transported it to a rehabilitation facility for further treatment. The bird had leg bands identifying it as previously captured as a chick in Massachusetts in 2002.

ECO Kelley with injured eagle in Washington County

ECO Kelley with injured eagle in Washington County. 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 (for non-urgent violations). 

Photo at top: ECO Manns with illegally taken turkey in Hamilton County. NYS DEC photo.

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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.

8 Responses

  1. Joan Grabe says:

    Why would any sentient individual ever shoot a blue heron ? Sentient enough to lie about it obviously.

    • JohnL says:

      Why indeed, Joan? He says he like frogs and fish better than birds. Plus, and this is important, he’s a jerk.

      • Boreas says:

        I think it was only the MESS he was objecting to. Nature is so messy.

        • JohnL says:

          My error B. Thanks.
          P.S. I stand by the ‘jerk’ part though.

          • Boreas says:

            Agree 100%.

            My sister has a large water feature off of their deck that was full of koi/goldfish. It became a favorite haunt of a GBH that wiped out all the fish in no time. When you are feeding a family, manners are often set aside. So if you have a koi pond, make sure you have adequate cover for any inhabitants. And install a motion-activated water sprinkler.

  2. Michael Douglass says:

    Hi , I am not sure you are keeping track of these , but during the nite of June 21 ( 3 am ) we heard a whiporwill calling alot. near our camp on Millsite Lk. We used to hear them alot but not so much anymore , unfortunately !

    • Boreas says:

      This was a year ago?

      Full moon tonight. See what you hear after sunset. You can report any bird stuff you like to NYS is in the last year of our Breeding Bird Atlas and appreciate reports of any Nightjars. Whip-poor-wills are in decline.

    • Larry Orvis says:

      Whip-poor-wills are in decline do to habitat decline and the use of pesticides that kill many insects that they feed on. According to Richard DeGraaf and Mariko Yamasaki authors of “New England Wildlife” they prefer dry open woodland, early successional forest adjacent to large clearings or brushy field edges.I bet you have seen your woodlands mature over the years.

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