DEC: man convicted of illegal possession of wild fawn, keeping it tied to a chain
State Environmental Protection Officers (ECOs) were busy this month dealing with illegally caught deer, water rescues, the sale of illegal pesticides – and seizing a wild fawn that a man was illegally keeping at his residence on a channel
All information regarding the following incidents has been provided by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
All tied up – Sullivan County âOn June 29, an environmental protection officer responded to a complaint about a whitetail deer fawn illegally detained by an individual in the town of Liberty. Upon arrival, the officer noticed a taut rope connected to a pole leading to the nearby log line. The officer investigated further and located a fawn with a collar attached to a rope with a tether clip. The officer then spoke to an individual in the area who admitted to taking the fawn in his possession after finding it abandoned. Subject said he planned to care for the fawn until he was strong enough to be alone. ECO Parker informed the subject that only licensed wildlife rehabilitators can take possession of protected wildlife and issued him a ticket for illegal possession of protected wildlife, which can be returned to Liberty City Court. The officer took possession of the fawn and transported it to a wildlife rehabilitation center for further treatment.
Revoked hunter jailed in Saratoga County âA dismissed hunter was recently sentenced to jail for illegally capturing a deer in Saratoga County. In January 2021, an environmental conservation officer received an anonymous report of large deer antlers brought to a local taxidermist in November 2020 by a dismissed hunter using the tag of another hunter. The officer interviewed the licensed hunter who revealed that he had not shot the deer and had given his tags to a friend. The licensed hunter was charged with loaning his medals to another. The dismissed hunter eventually admitted to shooting the deer on the opening day of the 2020 South Zone deer season. Officers charged the subject with hunting during revocation, killing a deer during revocation and illegally transporting the deer. The subject was found guilty by Milton City Court and sentenced to 10 days in prison. “
Illegal Thanksgiving Buck – Greene County âOn June 28, an environmental conservation officer successfully completed the prosecution of an illegal deer case in the town of Coxsackie. The case began on Thanksgiving Day 2020, when the officer received a call around 8:30 a.m., regarding a deer potentially shot before legal shooting hours. The officer responded to the location and questioned the complainant who recalled hearing the first gunshot in the area. The officer analyzed the scene and gathered evidence of a freshly killed deer. After interviewing several parties and taking statements, the officer located the deer, an eight-spotted buck, at a nearby residence. It had already been skinned and was being butchered with the head and the grill in an on-site freezer. After a lengthy interview, the subject admitted to having slaughtered the deer approximately 45 minutes before the legal shooting hours. The officer seized the buck and issued tickets for the off-hour hunt and the illegal harvest of white-tailed deer. Subject paid a $ 700 fine.
Illegal pesticides – New York County âOn June 2, DEC investigators and investigators from the Attorney General’s office executed a search warrant and secret street sweep in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood to confiscate dangerous pesticides sold to the public. The enforcement effort, which successfully eliminated over 7,700 unregistered individually packaged pesticides, was the culmination of a year-long joint infiltration investigation that included monitoring, controlled infiltration purchases and laboratory analysis of the product. The investigation ultimately led investigators to a storage shed and the basement of an abandoned apartment complex where street vendors were hiding illegal goods.
âOn the day of the bite, undercover surveillance teams observed vendors picking up illegal pesticides from the hangar and basement and transporting them to nearby locations for sale. Once the salespeople set up tables and an intention to sell was established, the monitoring teams made their approach. Simultaneously, under a search warrant, the illegal structure and the adjacent basement were secured and searched, and a large quantity of illegal pesticides was found. These illegal and potentially dangerous pesticides were offered for sale to the public for use against cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs and rodents. These products are not registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the sale or possession with the intention of selling these pesticides is illegal in the United States. The investigation is ongoing and for more information on pesticide use in New York State, visit the DEC website.
Operation Low Tide – Queens County âOn June 10, after receiving numerous complaints from people keeping undersized marine species, shellfish from uncertified waters, and protected land turtles (commonly known as turtles) during low tide, two conservation officers from the environment participated in Operation Low Tide, a law enforcement initiative to combat the harvest of wildlife and shellfish in New York City. ECOs have partnered with US Parks Police in and around the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. While patrolling the area, officers saw two individuals leaving the area with lighthouses, nets and large bags. Officers interviewed the subjects and found that two of the bins contained diamondback turtles while the other bins contained blue crabs. In total, the subjects had captured 22 diamondback turtles, which are a federally and state protected species, and 41 undersized blue crabs. Anglers were also in possession of more than the allowable limit of 50 blue crabs. Officers issued several summons to subjects for possession of protected wildlife, possession of undersized blue crabs, and possession of out of bounds blue crabs. The 22 turtles and the many illegal blue crabs were returned safely to Jamaica Bay. “
Auto Accident With Injury On State Land – Ulster County âOn June 21, while patrolling Lake Onteora for freshwater fishing in Ulster County, a concerned citizen alerted an environmental conservation officer to a car accident. with injuries near the parking lot by the lake. An environmental conservation officer intervened immediately and assessed the drivers for injuries. One of the drivers sustained a deep laceration to his leg in the accident. The officer provided first aid and contacted Ulster 911 to dispatch New York State Police and EMS units to the scene to assist. The driver received first aid from the emergency response unit.
ECO and Trooper Family Rescue – Fulton County âOn June 24, an environmental conservation officer and a NYS soldier responded by boat to a report of a stranded ship on Grand Lac Sacandaga. The ship struck a pile of rocks overnight and ran aground with four adults and three children on board. Boaters were unsure of their location, prompting the CEO to activate his hazard lights to search for the vessel. Stranded boaters quickly indicated they could see the blue lights and deployed a signal flare indicating their exact location. The officers reached the ship, made sure everyone on board was safe, tied the ship to their boat, and towed it safely to shore.