Recent DEC NYS Forest Ranger actions:
Town of Webb
Wilderness Search: On April 30 at 10:57 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Herkimer County 911 requesting Forest Ranger assistance in locating a 66-year-old man from Erieville. The man’s vehicle was located by family and New York State Police at his camp earlier in the day, but the subject was nowhere to be found. Forest Rangers, along New York State Police using a drone, State Police K-9, Town of Webb Police Department, and Herkimer County agencies, searched the area during the night with negative results. At 9 a.m. on May 1, a State Police K-9 search team located the missing man near West Pond, a short distance from his camp. The subject had suffered an injury and was extremely cold. Search personnel immediately warmed and fed the man before transporting him out to Old Forge Ambulance where he was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Town of Bleeker
Wilderness Rescue: On May 1 at 2:21 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office reporting a hiker with a possible femur fracture on the County Line Lake Trail in the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest. Forest Rangers Thompson, Nally, and Kerr responded, along with the Caroga Lake Fire Department. The 37-year-old hiker from Gloversville was located approximately one mile up the trail by Ranger Kerr and fire department personnel. After providing medical care, Rangers Thompson and Nally coordinated with rescuers to package the hiker for extrication, utilizing a stokes litter and a six-wheel ATV. The hiker was transported to the trailhead and turned over to ambulance personnel for transportation to a local hospital for additional medical care.