ECO Brian Canzeri patrolled the Tomhannock Reservoir in the town of Pittstown and checked several fishermen. One was ticketed for fishing in a restricted area and another for having largemouth bass out of season.
Fish in the bushes
ECO Brian Canzeri received a call concerning two fishermen keeping largemouth bass out of season at Coopers Pond in Brunswick. The caller stated the fish were in a white bag in the bushes. Canzeri arrived at the location and observed both men fishing and the white bag in the bushes. When asked if they caught any fish, they said some small ones but threw them back. Canzeri then asked if they kept any, and they said “no.” Canzeri went over and opened the bag, which contained three largemouth bass. One of the fishermen said, "I know bass are not in season; sorry." Both were issued tickets for possession of bass out of season.
What a fish!
ECO Kaitlin Grady was checking freshwater fishing activity at Pine Lake in Coram. There were a few parents out on the dock fishing with their children. Grady arrived just in time to watch a nine-year old hook a monster black bass, which she successfully landed with the help of her dad. The fish, which measured a whopping 19 inches, was her second bass in the last five days but the largest she's caught so far. She has been fishing with her dad since she was three years old, both at home on Long Island and at her family's property upstate in Delaware County. Grady showed the young angler how to properly measure a fish while witnessing a fine example of a family passing down outdoor traditions in action.
Peregrine falcon rescue
ECO Tom Koepf received a call from wildlife photographer Kerri Voges stating that a juvenile peregrine falcon was stranded on the shore of the Kensico Reservoir in the town of North Castle. The bird had apparently fallen from its nest located under a bridge that crosses the reservoir and swam to safety on the shore. Since the bird could not fly it was very vulnerable to predation. With help from Voges, Koepf was able to capture and transport the bird to a DEC wildlife rehabilitator. With any luck the falcon will undergo a quick rehabilitation process and be released.
Trapped deer reunited
ECO Chris Valenty and Lt. Tom Harrington were on boat patrol on the Mohawk River when they were flagged down by a boater over near the shore. When they responded to the boater they could see a deer trapped inside the chain link fence enclosure to the pumping station at GE Global Research facility along the shore of the Mohawk River. The doe was frantically trying to get out of the enclosure. When they looked over to the right of the enclosure they saw two fawns on the outside calling to their trapped mom. Valenty made a few phone calls and finally was able to contact security at GE Global research to open the gate to release the mother deer back to her fawns.
Dog kills farm animals
ECO Corey Schoonover responded to a complaint in the town of Middleville that several farm animals that had been killed overnight. Upon arrival, Schoonover found several dead chickens and a few dead lambs. The complainant stated she thought that the tracks and bite marks were from a large cat. Inspection of the tracks showed that a large domestic canine had been in the area and appeared to be responsible for the killing. The complainant stated that her neighbors had a German shepherd but she had already spoken to them and that it was not their dog. As Schoonover was leaving, he saw a large dog tied up to a few wooden pallets with a shiny new chain. When the complainant was asked if it was possible her own dog may have gotten loose, she stated that the dog was loose last but he would never kill the animals. Officer Schoonover stated that it appeared her dog was the culprit responsible for killing the farm animals the night before.
ECO Brian Willson received a call regarding an abandoned baby bird, described as “some kind of raptor” in the town of Root. Willson recovered the bird and delivered it safely to a local wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was identified as a baby female kestrel.
A Lyonsdale man was arrested for timber theft following an investigation by ECO Fay Fuerch. In the spring of 2013 while logging his own property, the defendant crossed over onto his neighbor’s property and removed trees. Upon discovering the loss of trees, the complainant contacted Fuerch and reported his loss. Although the investigation revealed that there was some confusion with where the actual boundary lines were and neither property had recently been surveyed, the defendant was ultimately responsible for removing trees and not having his property surveyed prior to completing the work. The charges were pending in the Lyonsdale Town Court.
In late November 2013, ECO Jim Kerns and ECO Shana Hutton investigated a complaint in which a motor vehicle traveling north on State Route 28 was struck by a projectile in the town of Forestport. The investigation led to the arrest of a 17-year-old subject who intentionally discharged a BB gun at a vehicle traveling north. The subject was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and hunting without a license. The subject pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in the fourth degree and was sentenced to three years’ probation.
Two other subjects also involved with this incident were a 19-year-old subject ticketed for attempting to take protected songbirds and an 18-year-old ticketed for hunting without a license and attempting to take protected songbirds. Both subjects pleaded guilty to the charges.
NYCOA sponsors fishing clinic (Washington County)
The New York State Conservation Officers Association sponsored an ice fishing clinic at Carters Pond WMA in the town of Greenwich. The clinic was aimed toward youth and other people interested in ice fishing but who never had the opportunity to try. Both the weather and the fish cooperated as approximately 80 people, including 42 youth and several first-time ice fishermen, took to the ice. Many of the local conservation officers were on hand to assist with drilling holes, demonstrating the use of tip ups, baiting hooks and landing fish. Everyone enjoyed a fun filled day on the ice.
ECO Anthony Glorioso received information that a subject in the town of Durham was in possession of a white-tailed deer fawn as a pet and was driving around town with it in his vehicle. Glorioso patrolled to the subject’s residence and interviewed him. He stated that he found the deer lying on the side of the road. The fawn was living in his own bedroom at the residence and had been there for a couple days. After several failed attempts to reunite the fawn with its mother, it was transported to a wildlife rehabilitator. The subject was charged with unlawful possession of wildlife.