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Officer On Patrol August 2005

Snake Bite to Smiles - Livingston County

ECO Thomas was called to assist the Caledonia Police Department with a four-year-old subject who had been bitten by a snake. Concerned relatives had captured the snake-a large and aggressive garter- and had placed it in a bucket. Because of the unusual coloring of the snake and the nasty scratch it had given the victim, police thought it would be prudent to have the snake positively identified. The young bite victim was treated and released at the scene. Afterward, ECO Thomas gave an impromptu presentation on reptiles to several neighborhood children. The officer explained the volatile nature of large garter snakes that are bothered while digesting a meal, and distributed copies of the Conservationist reprint "Snakes of New York." When he finished, the fascinated group went back to a nearby creek to explore more of Mother Nature.

Muddy Profits-Fulton County

ECO Johnson responded to a complaint received from the Fulton County Sheriff's Department in the Town of Ephratah. A resident reported that the usually crystal clear stream behind her residence was running muddy brown. ECO Johnson investigated the waterway-which is a protected trout stream-and confirmed the complaint was accurate. Following the stream toward the source of the mud, ECO Thomas discovered that a logger was cutting trees and dragging them through the streambed to a nearby clearing. The logger was ticketed for violations of Environmental Conservation Law Article 15 (water resources law) and Article 17 (water pollution control).

Illegal Live Fish-Queens County

ECOs Read and Lochner responded to a complaint of a supermarket in Queens illegally selling live snakehead fish. The officers documented and photographed the fish, then consulted with DEC fishery biologists to confirm the fish were northern green snakeheads. After obtaining positive identification, the ECOs returned to the market. Twenty-four live snakeheads and one dead specimen were confiscated. Tickets were issued for possession of the live fish, and the investigation regarding their origin is pending.

Ask the ECO

Q: Am I required to carry my hunting or fishing license when I am hunting or fishing?

A: Yes. You must have your license on your person while exercising any privilege of that license. You are required to exhibit the license on demand to any police officer, peace officer or owner, lessee or person in control of the lands or waters on which you are present. Take a few extra moments to gather all your necessary licenses and equipment before you leave home and then enjoy your precious time afield. Best of luck!
-Lt. Deming Lindsley, Sullivan County

Real stories from officers in the field
Compiled by Bob Lucas
Director of Law Enforcement

- This article was taken from the Conservationist, August 2005 Issue

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