Rangers rescue deer, issue several tickets
Northville, Jewett, Fort Ann handled by DEC officers
Forest rangers rescued an injured hiker, while environmental conservation officers saved a stranded deer and ticketed two hunters in the Capital Region in the past two weeks, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said.
On Nov. 15, someone saw a deer stuck in a frozen pond in Jewett, and called Environmental Conservation Officer Anthony Glorioso.
The deer was on a rock and had tried jumping into the water but was unable to swim through the ice. Glorioso and the resident who reported the deer used a rowboat to break a path for the deer, and as they approached the animal leapt into the water.
The officer used a catch pole to guide the deer to shore, where it ran off unharmed, the DEC said.
On Nov. 17, Officers Paul Pasciak and Shane Manns got a tip that two untagged bucks were hanging behind a home in Northville. The officers arrived to find two men butchering the deer. The men were unable to produce tags for either animal and eventually one of them admitted to shooting both bucks, the DEC said. The man was issued five tickets and the officers seized the six-point buck. The meat was later donated.
Also Nov. 17, Officers Robert Higgins and Steve Shaw were patrolling Galway when they found all-terrain vehicle tracks and a trail of blood in the fresh snow. The officers knew the property owner does not allow hunting and investigated further, the DEC said.
The officers followed the ATV tracks and blood to a nearby home, where that property owner admitted to having two deer hanging in the back shed and one was tagged with his father’s credentials, the DEC said. After a brief interview, the man admitted he shot both deer on posted property and shot another deer he couldn’t find, the DEC said. The man was ticketed for trespassing, possessing someone else’s hunting tags, failure to properly tag a deer and taking deer without the proper permit.
At 2:10 p.m. on Nov. 23, a 21-year-old woman from Philmont, Columbia County, called the DEC to report she had suffered knee and ankle injuries while hiking Pilot Knob Trail in Fort Ann, Washington County. Dispatchers sent the four state forest rangers, as well as Pilot Knob Fire Department and North Queensbury Ambulance Squad, to the area under the instructions of Lt. John Solan. The forest rangers reached the woman, placed her injured leg in a splint and carried her back out to Pilot Knob Road. At 3:41 p.m. Ranger Evan Donegan reported she was safely in an ambulance and headed to the hospital.
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation On Nov. 15, someone saw a deer stuck on a frozen pond in Jewett, Greene County, and called an Environmental Conservation Officer. The deer was on a rock and had tried jumping into the water but was unable to swim through the ice.