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DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights

ECO Actions for Early November
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.
In 2016, the 286 ECOs across the state responded to 26,400 calls and issued 22,150 tickets for crimes ranging from deer poaching to corporate toxic dumping and illegal mining, the black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.

If you witness an environmental crime or believe a violation of environmental law occurred, please call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).

"From Montauk Point to Mount Marcy, from 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," said Commissioner Basil Seggos. "They work long and arduous hours, both deep in our remote wildernesses and in the tight confines of our urban landscapes. Although they don't receive much public fanfare, the work of our ECOs is critical to achieving DEC's mission to protect and enhance our environment."

Recent missions carried out by ECOs include:

Illegal Blackfish Helps Feed the Homeless - New York County

On Nov. 3, ECOs Brendan Dickson and Adam Johnson assisted Marine Enforcement Unit ECOs Paul Pasciak and Mary Grose in a commercial fishing enforcement detail led by Lt. Dawn Galvin. ECOs Louis Gerrain, Chris Nielsen, Jonathan Ryan, and Lt. John Murphy worked in plainclothes and visited retail markets to check for compliance with commercial fishing regulations. An inspection of one market led to a felony-level commercialization of wildlife case against the store for selling approximately 260 pounds of undersized live Tautog (Blackfish). The market’s owner was issued a Notice of Violation for the possession of undersized Blackfish and illegal commercialization of wildlife. The illegal Blackfish were seized and donated to the Bowery Mission, which feeds the homeless in New York City.

ECOs Johnson and Dickson checking Blackfish at a market (photo attached)


A Rifle in a Haystack - Cayuga County

On the evening of Nov. 4, ECO Scott Angotti responded to a report of a subject shooting an 8-point buck from his vehicle in the town of Venice. With assistance from ECO Mark Colesante, the complainant provided a written deposition and the deer was recovered. The witness had observed the deer-jacking from his tree stand and reported being threatened when he approached the suspect trying to collect the deer. Fortunately, the witness had the presence of mind to activate his cell phone and record his interaction with the poacher. Armed with this information, the two ECOs located the 70-year-old suspect the following day. Initially uncooperative, the suspect soon relented when confronted with the evidence and led officers to the rifle, which was hidden under a large bale of hay in his barn. ECO Angotti issued five tickets to the suspect, including taking a deer except as permitted by the fish and wildlife law, taking deer by means not specified, taking wildlife while in or on a motor vehicle, possession of a loaded gun in a motor vehicle, and failure to tag deer as required.


Rifle hidden in the hay (photo attached)

Genesee River Detail – Monroe County
Region 8 ECOs conducted a month-long fishing enforcement detail in Rochester on the Genesee River at the lower falls that concluded on Nov. 5. During this detail, officers wrote 178 tickets for various fishing violations, including 41 tickets for snatching, 32 tickets for fishing without a license, and 22 tickets for possession of foul-hooked fish. Other violations included using more than one hook point and fishing with weight below the hook. During this detail, ECOs encountered two subjects with outstanding warrants. These subjects were taken into custody and turned over to the local police agency.
Illegally taken fish stashed among the rocks (photo attached)

Bay Scallop Season Opener 2017 - Suffolk County

On Nov. 6, Region 1 ECOs Lt. Frank Carbone, ECO Jeremy Eastwood, Brian Farrish, and Katie Jaukab conducted an early morning boat patrol in Little Peconic Bay and Great Peconic Bay for the opening of Bay Scallop Season in Suffolk County. Due to recent heavy rainfall, the officers were patrolling to check areas temporarily closed to shell fishing. The officers were also checking to make sure harvesters did not start the season too early. Several boats were found harvesting well before legal sunrise in Great Peconic Bay in the town of Southold. A total of four tickets and six written warnings were issued for taking scallops during the closed season.

Double Trouble - Chautauqua County
On Nov. 7, ECOs Jerry Kinney and Jacob Jankowski responded to a call of a deer exhibiting unusual behavior in the town of Charlotte. Upon their arrival, the officers observed two brothers standing over a large, freshly killed 9-point buck. Further investigation revealed that the buck had been shot by one of the men, but tagged with his brother’s archery tag. The shooter admitted to having already taken a buck during the 2017 archery season, just a few days prior. The man was issued two tickets, one for taking big game in excess of bag limit and one for possessing the tag of another person. His brother was issued one ticket for lending a tag to another person. The deer was taken to Troyer’s Processing in Panama, and the venison will be donated to the Venison Donation Coalition to help feed people in need.
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ECO Actions for Mid-November

DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.
In 2016, the 286 ECOs across the state responded to 26,400 calls and issued 22,150 tickets for crimes ranging from deer poaching to corporate toxic dumping and illegal mining, the black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.
If you witness an environmental crime or believe a violation of environmental law occurred, please call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).
From Montauk Point to Mount Marcy, from 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," said Commissioner Basil Seggos. "They work long and arduous hours, both deep in our remote wildernesses and in the tight confines of our urban landscapes. Although they don't receive much public fanfare, the work of our ECOs is critical to achieving DEC's mission to protect and enhance our environment."
Recent missions carried out by ECOs include:

Pennsylvania Buck Seized During Stop -- Broome County
On Nov. 7, ECO Tony Rigoli was on patrol in the town of Windsor when he observed a large antlered deer carcass in the bed of a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction. While Rigoli turned his vehicle around, the driver sped off at a high rate of speed. ECO Rigoli caught up to the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver stated he had shot the impressive buck in Pennsylvania and was taking it to his camp in New York to process. The deer carcass was untagged, but the subject had a completed Pennsylvania tag in his possession. ECO Rigoli advised the subject he was in violation of New York’s Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations, and would be ticketed and the carcass seized. The man said he was not going to relinquish the deer carcass. ECO Rigoli contacted Lt. Kenric Warner, who responded and convinced the subject that the deer was going to be seized pursuant to the regulations. The officers also determined that the subject, a Pennsylvania resident, had procured a resident New York hunting license illegally. The man was ticketed for making a false statement to obtain a New York resident hunting license and for violating CWD Regulations. The deer was seized and transferred for testing at Cornell University.
ECO Tony Rigoli and Pennsylvania buck (photo attached)

Breaking the Law at Bayville Bridge - Nassau County
On the night of Nov. 11, ECO Timothy Brown was observing fisherman at the Bayville Bridge in Oyster Bay when he received a tip that two males were illegally fishing on the south side. ECO Brown watched the two men with the aid of night vision as they caught and hid striped bass in a large bag hidden in nearby wetlands. ECO Brown approached the individuals, obtained their identification, and instructed them to take him to the fish. The officer seized 17 striped bass ranging in size from 14 to 21 inches. The two suspects received tickets for possession of undersized and over the limit striped bass.
Striped bass seized by ECO Brown (photo attached)

Illegal Fish in Chinatown - New York County
On Nov. 15, ECOs Brendan Dickson and Adam Johnson responded to a commercial fishing complaint at a market in Chinatown. ECOs Dickson and Johnson found two men with black plastic trash bags containing 28 striped bass for sale that had been caught in the East River. The recreational possession limit for striped bass is one per day, and only one fish was under the legal size of 28 inches. Tickets were issued for taking of undersized striped bass, taking over the limit striped bass, taking food fish without a food fish permit, taking striped bass without a striped bass permit, fishing without a marine registry, and illegal sale of untagged striped bass.
ECO Dickson with striped bass illegally offered for sale (photo attached)

Upstate Alligator - Broome County
On Nov. 17, Lt. Kenric Warner and ECOs Andy McCormick and Tony Rigoli executed a search warrant at a residence in the town of Kirkwood. Two days earlier, the officers had received information indicating the subject was currently in possession of an alligator. During the execution of the warrant, officers seized a 3 ½-foot long American Alligator. The subject was issued a ticket for the unlawful possession of a wild animal as a pet, returnable to the Town of Kirkwood Court. The alligator was transferred to Animal Adventure Park, a DEC-permitted facility in Harpursville.

You Can’t Bait the Deer and Bear – Ulster County
On Nov. 18, ECOs Josh Sulkey and Jason Smith were checking hunting camps as part of Southern Zone opening day patrols. While at a camp in the town of Wawarsing, the ECOs noticed bags of feed lying around the camp. The ECOs questioned the property owner about the feed and he took them to a hunter’s tree stand where several piles of feed were scattered nearby. The ECOs learned that a hunter had taken a deer and a bear that morning nearby and had brought the carcasses to a taxidermist. The ECOs located the hunter and after a brief interview he admitted to hunting near the feed. The deer and bear were seized as evidence and the hunter was issued tickets for hunting with the aid of pre-established bait, illegally taking a black bear, and illegally taking a deer.
ECOs Smith and Sulkey with Seized Bear and Buck (photo attached)

The Complainant Becomes the Suspect – Niagara County
On Nov. 18, ECOs George Scheer and Michael Phelps were on patrol when they responded to a call from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office in the town of Royalton. A complainant claimed someone had stolen a deer he just shot. The ECOs and a New York State Trooper interviewed the complainant who told the officers he thought a man on an ATV took a doe that he shot. ECO Phelps and Trooper Blair attempted to locate the man with the ATV while ECO Scheer continued to interview the complainant. The complainant was in possession of two firearms with ammunition, one shotgun and one rifle, although rifles are not legal for deer hunting in Niagara County. As the interview continued, ECO Scheer discovered the complainant was in possession of a female’s hunting license, four Deer Management Permits (DMPs), and regular season tags. The complainant advised that they were his girlfriend’s tags and said that she, “does not hunt anymore.” The officers also discovered a used crack pipe, used hypodermic needle, and a small white rock suspected to be crack cocaine. The complainant stated he smoked crack from the pipe the night before but not that day. The man was charged with possession of a rifle during deer season in a non-rifle zone, possession of a hunting license of another person, unlawfully possessing another person’s DMPs, and various charges for the drugs and paraphernalia. The charges will be heard in the Town of Royalton Court.
Firearms, hunting licenses, drugs and paraphernalia (photo attached)

Green and Gray Patrols – Sullivan County
The opening weekend of the Southern Zone rifle season for deer saw ECOs Tom Koepf, Corey Hornicek, and State Trooper Ken Schafer working together as part of the annual “Green and Gray Detail,” during which ECOs and State Police work jointly during the big game seasons. On Nov. 18, the officers investigated a trespassing with possible illegal deer take complaint in the town of Neversink. The complainant stated that he caught two hunters dragging a six-point buck to their truck. The hunters did not have permission to be on that property. The complainant shared the suspects’ license plate number with the officers, who eventually tracked down a suspect via his grandfather. The six-point buck was confiscated and six tickets were issued, three to the suspect for illegally taking protected wildlife, hunting big game without a license, and trespassing on posted property, and three to the grandfather for having a loaded gun in a motor vehicle, failure to possess a consignment tag, and accessory to violation of the fish and wildlife law. All tickets are returnable to the Town of Neversink Court.
ECO Corey Hornicek and Trooper Ken Schafer with the Illegal 6-point buck (photo attached)

On Nov. 19, ECO Tom Koepf received a call from a complainant stating he had just heard a shot come from a known baited tree stand near his residence in the town of Lumberland. ECO Koepf patrolled there, found bait, but was unable to locate anyone bow hunting at the location. ECOs Koepf and Corey Hornicek and State Trooper Schafer visited a suspected residence and the officers observed people walking around a well-lit backyard. The officers asked a male subject if he had any luck this deer season and he excitedly said that he had, in fact, just killed a seven-point buck about an hour earlier on a property down the road. The officers asked the man to take them to his stand. At the stand, officers continued to question the man about his deer season and learned that he had shot an additional five-point buck during the bow season about a week prior. The man insisted that the five-pointer was shot from a different treestand behind his own residence and that there was no bait at that location. ECO Koepf and Trooper Schafer inspected the tree stand and did not find any bait immediately in front of it. However, a short distance away in the backyard of the residence, the officers found a large pile of apples and corn. The man admitted that he had been baiting deer in the backyard the entire summer and early fall. Both bucks (one whole deer and one head) were seized from the hunter, and he was issued four tickets returnable to the Town of Lumberland Court.
ECOs Hornicek and Koepf and Trooper Schafer with illegal bucks (photo attached)

On Nov. 19, ECO Ricky Wood, K-9 Deming, and Trooper Peter Bizjak responded to a complaint at a hunting camp in Ferndale involving several hunters hunting deer with the aid of bait. One evasive hunter tried leading the officers away from a known baited area. K-9 Deming picked up a scent and quickly located a four-point buck in the leaves between a tree stand and a pile of corn. While the officers were investigating the complaint, a subject emerged from the woods near the camp wearing camouflage. The man claimed he was only filming his friends, not hunting. Suspecting that there was a firearm hidden in the woods, ECO Wood worked K-9 Deming in the area from where the subject emerged, eventually locating a firearm hidden in the leaves. Upon the ECO’s return to the camp with the gun, the subject changed his story and admitted to hunting. A final hunter returned to camp on an UTV with corn, a doe, and a loaded firearm. Ultimately, the three hunters were charged with hunting deer with the aid of bait. One subject was charged with hunting without a license. Two hunters were charged with the unlawful taking of protected wildlife for harvesting deer with the aid of bait, and one hunter was also charged with possessing a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle. All charges are pending in the Town of Liberty Court.
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