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November, 2017

Poll: Stefanik’s district opposes Arctic drilling

The League of Conservation Voters says a new poll shows that the constituents of Elise Stefanik, whose district includes the Adirondack Park, oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and tax plan backed by President Donald Trump. She voted against the tax bill earlier this month, but Congress is still debating the issue. A tax bill in the Senate would open the Alaskan refuge to oil drilling. The league commissioned the poll. Following is the group’s news release. Washington, D.C. — A new bipartisan poll by Global Strategy Group and Bellwether Research shows that both the Republican tax plan >>More


November, 2017

Rangers find body of man missing for 5 months

Adirondack forest rangers recently found the body of a man who had been missing since June 12. The Watertown Daily Times identified him as Kenneth W, McCall, a native of Lowville. He was reported missing by his girlfriend. His remains were found in the Jadwin State Forest in northern Lewis County, just west of the Adirondack Park. Following is the latest Ranger Report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Town of Diana Lewis County Search:  On Nov. 12, a hunter found items that led Forest Rangers, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, and New York State Police to commence search efforts for a >>More


November, 2017

DEC charges hunters with deer-jacking

Deer jacking

State environmental conservation officers recently arrested four hunters, in three separate incidents, for illegally hunting deer. Two of the suspects were accused of deer-jacking: shooting deer from pickup truck in Fulton County in the Adirondack foothills. They were issued a total of eighteen tickets. Following is a news release of ECO activities from late October to early November. The descriptions of the incidents are verbatim, but we changed the order and shortened the headlines. Deer-jacking spree On the night of Oct. 28, ECOs Shane Manns and Jason Hilliard responded with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police >>More


November, 2017

Adirondack Hiker Triggers Search On Algonquin

State forest rangers responded to a number of requests for help from hikers and hunters November 6-12. One hiker from Ballston Spa got lost on Algonquin Peak and set off his inReach device. Rangers responded to the emergency call, but the hiker eventually got out on his own. Following is the Rangers’ Report for the period in question. Search: DEC Dispatch received a call on Nov. 5 at 10:57 a.m., from In-Reach Services, a GPS location company, reporting a 23-year-old male from Ballston Spa in need of assistance on Algonquin Peak. The subject was concerned about the icy and windy >>More


November, 2017

Hiker Needs Escort From Trail Near Marcy Dam

In the latest Forest Ranger report, DEC says a ranger rescued a man who called for help on a trail near Marcy Dam. It was getting dark, and he had no flashlight or headlamp. Plus, his cellphone battery was running low. A ranger responded and escorted him back to the trailhead. Following are all the incidents from October 30 to November 5. Town of Johnsburg Warren County Recovery: At 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, a radio call came in from the DEC trail crew working on the East Sacandaga Trail. The crew had been notified that a man in his >>More


October, 2017

Vermont Arrests Man In Moose Poaching Case

Last week we posted a news release about the search for the culprit who killed a lactating moose out of season and dragged it for eleven miles on a road in Vermont. Today, Vermont authorities announced they made an arrest in the case. Following is a news release from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife. Wardens Arrest Suspect in Northeast Kingdom Moose Poaching Case IRASBURG, Vt. – Vermont State Game Wardens arrested a suspect in a high-profile Northeast Kingdom moose poaching case this weekend.  Gerin Fortin, 20, of Irasburg was arrested on Sunday and charged with six counts of big game >>More


October, 2017

Rangers Located 2 Hikers In Good Condition

The state’s forest rangers conducted two searches for missing hikers in the Adirondacks the week of October 23-29. Both men were located in good condition. Following are all the incidents in the latest ranger report. We took the liberty of reordering them to put the Adirondack incidents first.  Essex County Town of Keene Search: On Oct. 28 at 5:12 p.m. DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker at the Adirondack Loj who had become separated from his father while hiking Rocky Falls in the High Peaks Wilderness. Three Forest Rangers responded to begin a search for the >>More


October, 2017

Overdue Hunter Rescued After Three Nights In Woods

Searchers located a 66-year-old man from Keeseville, who was three days overdue from a hunting trip in the Western High Peaks Wilderness, on Oct. 20. The man was located near a trail on the west side of Ampersand Brook. He was cold, hungry and had been lost since Oct. 17.  This and other missions are described in the Forest Ranger Report for the period of October 12-17. The report follows. Richmond County Clove Lakes Electrofishing Survey: On Oct. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m., Forest Ranger John Franceschina and Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Michael Hameline assisted Region 2 Fisheries staff >>More


October, 2017

Cow Moose Shot, Dragged Behind Vehicle

Last month someone illegally shot a cow moose in Vermont and dragged it behind a vehicle for more than eleven miles, leaving the dead body by the side of the road. The moose was lactating, suggesting it had a calf nearby. One Vermonter was so outraged that she has started a GoFundMe campaign to track down the culprit or culprits. Following is a news release from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to raise reward money for an unsolved moose poaching case that took place in September.  The campaign was started by >>More


October, 2017

New York State Drafts Plan To Protect Lake Sturgeon

The lake sturgeon is an odd fish. It grows fast but reaches sexual maturity late. The female matures between ages 13 and 33; the male, between 12 and 20. And the females may spawn as infrequently as every nine years. Lake sturgeon exist in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Lake Champlain. They are the largest freshwater fish in New York State, living for more than 50 years and reaching lengths of seven feet. They’re also in trouble. The lake sturgeon has been on the state’s list of threatened species since 1983. The state has revised its plan to >>More


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