Posts Tagged ‘Environmental Conservation Police Officers’

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.

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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.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Solid waste illegally dumped on Franklin County property, ECOs take part in Earth Week events

solid waste

Dumping Bust – Franklin County
On April 10, ECO Okonuk received a complaint about a large amount of garbage dumped on a landowner’s property off Kibbie Road in the town of Bombay. Officer Okonuk conducted an investigation into an individual who allegedly dumped the trash on the property. ECO Okonuk and a New York State Trooper met with the subject and the ECO ticketed him for the unlawful disposal of solid waste. The subject had an active warrant for unrelated charges and was taken into custody by State Police.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Dedication ceremony held for fallen ECO Stephen Lawrence Raymond in Warren County

ECOs and family attend a dedication ceremony

Remembering ECO Raymond – Warren County
On March 14, family, friends, and colleagues remembered ECO Stephen Lawrence Raymond with the dedication of a shadow box displayed in the lobby of the DEC sub-office in Warrensburg.

ECO Raymond passed away on April 17, 2017, from illnesses related to his assignment at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Raymond became an ECO in 1981 and served 26 years prior to retiring in 2007. ECO Raymond, from Thurman, was the first Environmental Conservation Police Officer in New York to be diagnosed with illnesses related to his work at the World Trade Center site.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Two fisherman fall through ice in Indian Lake

Ice Rescue Indian Lake – Hamilton County
On March 13, ECO Pierce observed a portable ice shanty near a marina on Indian Lake in Hamilton County. Officer Pierce walked down to the shoreline and noticed open water and melting ice in the distance due to the 55-degree temperatures in the area. The ECO called out to the shanty after confirming the poor ice quality and two subjects exited. ECO Pierce advised the pair there was no safe way for them to make it back to shore.

The anglers, confident they could simply retrace the route they took earlier in the day (when it was 20 degrees), attempted to demonstrate a way back to shore when one of them fell through. The fallen angler’s partner pulled him back up to more stable ice, uninjured, and ECO Pierce advised both subjects to return to the shanty for warmth and to gather their gear while he contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance from Forest Rangers and Indian Lake Fire and EMS.

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Saturday, September 2, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement enforces the 71 chapters of New York State’s Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 2022, Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and Investigators across the state responded to more than 25,600 calls and worked on cases that resulted in nearly 13,800 tickets or arrests for violations ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the illegal pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.

Injured Eagle – Essex County
On Aug. 17, ECO Nicols received a report of a downed bald eagle at a private residence in the town of Westport. The officer met with the property owners (who were keeping a watchful eye on the bird prior to the ECO’s arrival) and set out to try and catch it.

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Motorcycle Crash – Hamilton County

On May 29, ECO Newell and Trooper Nauroth responded to reports of a motorcycle accident south of Speculator. The Officers found the victim had incurred severe trauma to one of her legs, including lacerations and compound fractures. Officers Newell and Nauroth administered first aid while coordinating with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch for EMS response and LifeNet Helicopter services.

 

Wells EMS and ambulance service, GAVAC, arrived on scene and transported the subject to Speculator. DEC Forest Ranger Snye, along with the Speculator Fire Department and Hamilton County Deputies, created a landing zone for the LifeNet helicopter while also assisting with a brush fire that began across the street from the landing zone. The coordination between agencies led to expedient medical care and transportation of the subject from Speculator to Albany Medical Center.

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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.

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Saturday, May 6, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Moose Recovery – Adirondacks
On April 6, ECOs Favreau and Fadden assisted DEC Wildlife employees with the extraction of a dead yearling moose from a heavily forested area in the Adirondacks. DEC had fitted the moose with a GPS collar in 2022. The collar recently gave off a signal indicating the animal was no longer alive. The Officers and Wildlife employees managed to get within 500 yards of the moose carcass by snowmobile and UTV before hiking the remaining distance through two to three feet of snow. Once they reached the moose, the group loaded the animal onto a sled and pulled it back to the snowmobiles. The recovered animal was sent to DEC‘s wildlife pathology laboratory in Delmar for a full necropsy.

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Monday, February 20, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Officer News

Little Bear Gets a Second Chance – Herkimer County
On Jan. 31, ECO Howe responded to a complaint of a black bear cub lingering around a residence in the town of Salisbury. The resident reported the young bear had been in the area for five days with no signs of its mother. The cub appeared malnourished and unlikely to survive on its own. Officer Howe safely captured the bear and transported it to Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center in Hunter, a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center, where it will receive care and treatment until it can be released back into the wild.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Patrolling the Winter Games – Essex County
Thirty-five ECOs are helping protect public safety during the FISU World University Games, an 11-day competition and celebration of international university sports and culture. The Officers reported to the Olympic Center the weekend before the games started and continue to provide security at the venue, both on foot and utilizing drones. Thousands of student athletes from more than 50 countries are competing in 12 different sports.

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

ADK Park: Recent Environmental Conservation Police News

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement enforces the 71 chapters of New York State’s Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 1880, the first eight Game Protectors proudly began serving to protect the natural resources and people of New York State.

In 2021, 282 Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and Investigators across the state responded to 26,207 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 11,562 tickets or arrests for violations ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.

Plane Crash – Fulton County
On Oct. 9, ECO Pasciak responded along with first responders to a small plane crash on the Great Sacandaga Lake in the town of Northampton. Fortunately, the pilot and two passengers survived the crash, and only one passenger required medical attention. The pilot advised that a crosswind caused the plane to crash and flip upside down, just slightly above water during an attempted takeoff from a sandbar.

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Sunbaked Rattlesnake – Warren County
On Aug. 7, ECO Krug responded to Turtle Island in Lake George to remove an unwanted guest from a campsite. Using the appropriate tools, Officer Krug removed a rattlesnake sunning itself near the shoreline. Turtle Island is a popular spot for rattlesnakes from nearby Tongue Mountain. ECOs respond to similar calls to the island several times a year. Based on its painted tail, Officer Krug determined the rattlesnake had been picked up in the past. He turned the snake over to a research assistant working with a professor at Skidmore College studying the local rattlesnake population. The students collect data from the snake and then release it further away from potential human contact.

Officer Krug with rattlesnake. DEC photo.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

ADK Park: Recent Environmental Conservation Police News

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement enforces the 71 chapters of New York State’s Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 1880, the first eight Game Protectors proudly began serving to protect the natural resources and people of New York State.

In 2021, 282 Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and Investigators across the state responded to 26,207 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 11,562 tickets or arrests for violations ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.

 

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement enforces the 71 chapters of New York State’s Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.

In 1880, the first eight Game Protectors proudly began serving to protect the natural resources and people of New York State.

In 2021, 282 Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and Investigators across the state responded to 26,207 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 11,562 tickets or arrests for violations ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.

All Hooked Up – St. Lawrence County
On July 4, ECO Atwood responded to a call about a small goose with a fishing lure stuck in its foot in the town of Colton.

 

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