New York Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 30, 2021

Air Rifle Used to Take Deer (Ulster County)  In November 2020, ECO Bastedo responded to a hunting-related complaint and observed an untagged antlered deer and an untagged antlerless deer on the lawn of a residence. The hunter, Jun Chen Shang, produced his regular season antlered deer tag and bow/muzzleloader tag filled out with the harvest information for that date. The…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 16, 2021

Catch Undersized Fish, Pay Sizable Fine (Westchester County)  An angler busted for taking undersized striped bass last year paid a hefty fine in Croton-on-Hudson Court. On Sept. 1, ECOs Tompkins and Crisafulli were patrolling the Hudson River when they noticed several groups fishing. Officers began checking each group for licenses and any fish caught. ECO Tompkins checked the bucket that…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 2, 2021

Striper Swipers (Westchester County) On March 11, ECOs Tompkins, Thibodeau, and Franz conducted a plainclothes fishing detail focused on anglers taking out-of-season striped bass. The officers patrolled George’s Island Park in the town of Cortlandt and Croton Landing Park in the village of Croton-on-Hudson. During the detail, the ECOs observed several anglers taking and keeping out-of-season fish. The ECOs issued…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 19, 2021

Something Fishy (Essex County) On Feb. 18, ECO LaPoint received a report of ice fishermen on Schroon Lake, Essex County, who were catching lake trout shorter than the legal length of 18 inches. ECO LaPoint contacted acting Lieutenant Nicols, who located the suspects’ vehicle with information provided by the complainant. From the shore, the two officers observed the ice anglers…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 5, 2021

ECOs Conduct Multi-Day Snowmobile Detail (Fulton County) On Feb.12, ECOs Manns, Hilliard, Shaw, Toth, and Pasciak began a series of multi-day snowmobile details to ensure riders are complying with state regulations. The officers started off conducting a snowmobile checkpoint on the trail system in the town of Broadalbin and shifted to trails in the village of Mayfield that evening after…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 19, 2021

Small Plane Crash (Nassau & Suffolk counties) On Jan. 10, ECO DeRose and K9 Cramer were training in a wooded area of Farmingdale State College when a family approached claiming a plane appeared to crash just north of the woods. ECO DeRose immediately contacted Suffolk County Police which had not received any calls about a crash in the area. He…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – February 5, 2021

Operation Back Road (Statewide) • DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement released the results of “Operation Back Road,” a recent statewide detail targeting illegal hunting from roads. During the 2020 hunting season, ECOs used technology, local intelligence, and 147 robotic decoy deer over the course of 300 hours to catch poachers hunting from vehicles or along roadways, putting communities in danger….

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 22, 2021

Road Hunters Nabbed (Chautauqua County)  On Dec. 12, ECOs partnered with Town of Ellicott Police to arrest two men on numerous violations of Environmental Conservation Law following the illegal taking of a deer in the town of Poland. Investigators found that at approximately 9 p.m., one of the men shot a deer from Sprague Hill Road with a spotlight, on…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – January 8, 2021

ATV Patrol in the Pine Barrens  (Suffolk County) On Dec. 13, Forest Ranger Hicks participated in a multi-agency Suffolk County Pine Barrens Law Enforcement Council ATV detail. The detail included DEC Forest rangers, New York State Park Police, New York State Police, Suffolk County park rangers, Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, and Town of Southampton Police Department….

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 25, 2020

Connecticut Deer Seized to Protect Against CWD Spread (Dutchess County) • On Dec. 4, ECO Eyler questioned a hunter about details of a buck he had posted on a social media site. The hunter reported that the deer was harvested in Connecticut, just over the state border, and brought the ECO to the deer hanging in his brother’s shed about…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – December 11, 2020

Illegal Hunting Camp (Herkimer County) On Nov. 13, Forest Rangers Hanno and McCartney discovered an illegal camp near a remote pond in the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area. Upon further investigation, the forest rangers observed multiple state land violations. On the evening of Nov. 19, the Rangers apprehended two hunters from Forestport occupying the camp. An interview with the two…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 27, 2020

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Police Officers enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 2019, the 288 ECOs across the state responded to 25,704 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 16,855 tickets or arrests for crimes ranging from deer poaching…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – November 13, 2020

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Police Officers protect fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 2019, the 288 ECOs across the state responded to 25,704 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 16,855 tickets or arrests for crimes ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the black market…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 30, 2020

Joint Investigation Nabs Bear Poacher (Ulster County)  On Sept. 28, ECOs Walraven and Johnson charged a 63-year-old New Jersey man with several misdemeanor charges and a violation for hunting a black bear with the aid of a pre-established bait pile, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence, and unlawfully taking a black bear. The charges stem from an…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 16, 2020

Illegal Deer Case Crosses State Lines (Orange County) On Sept. 20, ECO Mangels assisted New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection law enforcement with a case involving two illegally harvested deer taken from a closed management zone. ECO Mangels interviewed the suspect and the suspect’s father and obtained the location of the buck in a freezer in New Jersey. The ECO…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – October 2, 2020

Too Many Bucks (Jefferson/ Onondaga counties)  On Sept. 8, ECO Noyes concluded a five-month investigation stemming from violations committed during the 2019 deer hunting season. ECO Noyes learned in April that an individual had shot two bucks on the same morning in the town of Ellisburg, and illegally used his friend’s tag on the second buck. After locating and interviewing…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 18, 2020

The year 2020 marks 50 years for DEC. “From Montauk Point and Brooklyn to Buffalo, the ECOs patrolling our state are the first line of defense in protecting New York’s environment and our natural resources, ensuring that they exist for future generations of New Yorkers,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. Jogger Treed by Black Bear With Cubs (Herkimer County) On…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 4, 2020

2020 marks the 50-year anniversary for DEC and 140 years for New York’s Conservation Police Officers. In 1880, the first eight Game Protectors proudly began serving to protect the natural resources and people of New York State. “From Montauk Point and Brooklyn to Buffalo, the ECOs patrolling our state are the first line of defense in protecting New York’s environment and our natural…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 21, 2020

Trapped Timber Rattlesnake Surprises Vacationers (Warren County)  On Aug. 2, ECO LaPoint responded to a residence in the town of Hague, Warren County, for a report of a trapped timber rattlesnake at residence where a family was vacationing. Upon arriving at the home, ECO LaPoint located the snake outside, trapped under a tote. Using snake tongs issued by DEC, along…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 7, 2020

Over the last several months, Environmental Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and continue to support the mission assisting federal, state, and local agencies. During the state’s response to the virus, officers have filled important roles in the Incident Command System (ICS) at State COVID-19 testing sites. Across the state, ECOs…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 24, 2020

Rattlesnake Relocation (Columbia County) On June 20, ECO Jeff Cox received a call from a concerned homeowner in Copake reporting a large rattlesnake on their front porch. The homeowner sent pictures of the pit viper, confirming it was a timber rattlesnake. Timber rattlesnakes are the largest venomous snake in New York and listed as a threatened species. The rattlesnake appeared…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 10, 2020

(Editor’s note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the state of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.) Safe Relocation for Wandering…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 26, 2020

Squirrels in a Sticky Situation (Dutchess County)  On May 14, ECO Kevin Wamsley received a call about a group of squirrels in distress in the hamlet of Verbank. The caller stated the squirrels appeared to have their tails tied together and could not move freely. ECO Wamsley responded to the location and discovered that the juvenile squirrel tails were stuck…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 12, 2020

(Editor’s note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the state of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.) Fresh Tracks Lead to…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 29, 2020

(Editor’s note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the state of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.) Tractor Trailer Rollover (Queens…

New York Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 15, 2020

(Editor’s note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the state of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.) DEC personnel from across…