Saturday, July 6, 2024

Rattlesnake discovered in common area of Lake George hotel, relocated into the wild

Timber rattlesnake in a metal barrel

Indian Creek Conservation Field Days – St. Lawrence County 
On June 4 and 6, ECOs participated in the Indian Creek Conservation Field Days at the Indian Creek Nature Center in the town of Canton. Approximately 300 fifth grade students from St. Lawrence County attended each day. ECOs gave a 20-minute presentation to each class on the duties of an Environmental Conservation Police Officer and their critical role in safeguarding New York’s environment and the public.

Right Place, Right Time – Warren County
On June 20, ECOs Thibodeau and Kelley were attending a training course in Lake George on the safe handling of rattlesnakes when they received a call reporting a rattlesnake had made its way into the common area of a local hotel on the lake, just five minutes away from the training site. The Officers responded to the location, successfully caught the young timber rattlesnake, and relocated it into the wild. Lake George and the South Bay area on Lake Champlain contain a large breeding population of timber rattlesnakes.

Nuisance Bear – Washington County
On June 21, ECO Kelley received a report that a black bear broke into a residence in the town of White Creek and destroyed the owner’s kitchen, apparently in search of food. While Officer Kelley was at the residence reviewing photos of the bear, the animal returned to the yard and became aggressive.

DEC wildlife experts provided technical advice to ECO Kelley based on the information he provided and advised that the bear would need to be put down humanely due to it associating the residence as a food source and displaying aggression to humans. DEC Bureau of Wildlife employees set a culvert trap, which caught the bear the following morning. The bear was successfully euthanized to prevent any further unsafe interactions with humans.

DEC encourages residents to keep food attractants away from areas accessible to wildlife and reminds the public not to approach bears and to practice the “BearWise basics” to help reduce the potential for negative interactions.

To report a human-bear conflict, even after following the BearWise basics, contact ECOs or a regional DEC wildlife office for guidance/assistance.

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: Rattlesnake discovered and relocated in Warren 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.

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