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Weekly ECO Highlights

New York State Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) are police officers who enforce the laws of New York State with an emphasis on the Environmental Conservation Laws, written to protect fish and wildlife and preserve environmental quality across New York. Weekly ECO highlights from the past year include:

February 28, 2018 - Silt in Blind Brook, Port Chester perchlorethylene problem, mysterious Brooklyn shellfish, bass on the barge, active shooter training, Spencer paperwork leads to more paperwork

February 21, 2018 - Fishing Lake Delta, New York City wolf, captive Islip pheasant, Chinese mitten crabs and clams in Queens, plenty of Mariaville pickerel

February 14, 2018 - Staten Island wetland violation, hidden fish at Piermont Pier, poached doe in Concord, Mt. Vernon junkyard cleanup, Staten Island treasure chest, Elizabethtown has plenty of pike

February 7, 2018 - Bayport duck identification, security detail in Seneca Falls, Liberty rabbit hunting violations, alligator in New Castle, felony target shooting in Brookhaven, Lockport home remodeling problem

January 31, 2018 - Queens hit-and-run, squirrel trouble in Tioga county, Lewisboro fuel oil overflow, Poland basement buck, late hunting in Yaphank, Monroe well drilling violations, illegal blood clams in Queens

January 24, 2018 - Waste oil storage in Stony Point, Lackawanna poacher returns, Somers golf course deer hunt, Montezuma hypothermia rescue, illegal shellfish sales in the Bronx

January 17, 2018 - Battery mess in Monroe, unsafe hunting in Milan, Kings county clams, closed season Chester crossbow buck, Franklin moose mortality investigation

January 10, 2018 - Missing ash in Fallsburg, Macedon alligator, ice safety in Caroga, one thing leads to another in Newport

January 3, 2018 - JFK mitten crabs, NYC striped bass poaching, K-9 finds Nissequogue trespassers, illegal Ira deer, double over limit in Dewitt, assistance to needy families in Morristown

December 27, 2017 - Ashland deer baiting, Marcy hunting while impaired, Westchester wolf, snowmobiler saved, hidden striped bass, unlucky in Lewiston, Queensbury social media tip, Berlin bear rescue

December 20, 2017 - Marbletown poacher, illegal drains, ATVs lead to multiple arrests, bad day for liars, who needs a decoy?, double trouble bucks, Suffolk oil spill

December 13, 2017 - "Trapped" hawk, Home improvement 101 - fail, Assist to US Navy, 4 deer+1 bobcat=trouble, poacher "squashed"

December 6, 2017 - Salted venison, the (K-9) nose knows, pre-dawn poachers, Walkill waste case, Pennsylvania CWD

November 29, 2017 - Illegal import of deer, Bayville Bridge bass, NYC bass for sale, another alligator, bad luck baiter, stolen deer, ECO/Troopers Green/Grey patrols

November 22, 2017 - Tiny Tautog, haystack hiding place, the busy Genesee, sunrise scallops, double trouble brothers

November 15, 2017 - Salmon filets, railroad capers, Fulton County deer poachers, something "afowl" in Braddock Bay, Utica cemetery air rifle hunting, tailgate hunting

November 8, 2017 - Poaching fish on the night shift, second floor deer sniper, Genesee River snagging, camouflaged cooler, ten-point temptation in Hyde Park

October 25.2017 - ECOs on public relations missions, roadside Webb buck, I can't resist doe, a busy day for the decoy, nabbed in Northumberland

October 18, 2017 - K-9 finds hidden fish, Orange county deer caper, watch that train, the lost cell phone, long distance swimmer

October 11, 2017 - Bathroom fawn, helpless heron, rehabbed owl, alligator amnesty, baiting for deer, Dutchess dumping

October 4, 2017 - Stripers everywhere, Saratoga baited bear, turtle shenanigans, couch fire

September 27, 2017 - Snakes for sale, hawk stuck in tree, K-9 finds hidden gun, party boat abandons catch, invasive watercress

September 20, 2017 - Toothy flea market, raptor rehabilitations, garbage at fishing access site, illegal nuisance buck, polar bear for sale, baited bears, toadfish

September 13, 2017 - Dutchess County dirty situation, Sullivan county man hunt, Putnam County illegal fill, charter boat carnage, bald eagle gets help

September 6, 2017 - Cub scout merit badges, sharks in a pool, hide the crabs, oil tanker aground in NY harbor, sturgeon skeleton

August 30, 2017 - Sullivan County sewage, captive fawn with garden of pot, large reptile roundup leads to charges, plentiful porgy

August 16, 2017 - King Kong in NYC, swift water rescue, fox for sale, rescue for injured bear cub

August 9, 2017 - Pine Bush High School career day, auto recycling facility fire, no wake zone enforcement on Lake Ontario, Schoharie County deer jacking

August 2, 2017 - Injured peregrine, Pack Forest career day, reseeding shellfish, Hornell bear, Atlantic Ocean helicopter landing

July 19, 2017 - Neglected eagle, sunken boat retrieval, illegal shellfishing, holiday weekend navigation law enforcement

July 12, 2017 - Lake Ontario search, illegal culvert, Operation Dry Water, air shows

July 5, 2017 - Lake Ontario flooding, fenced in fawn, falcon rescue, makeshift osprey nest

June 28, 2017 - relocated bear; captive fawn; shark tournament; overharvest of turkeys; evidence overboard

June 21, 2017 - orphaned fawn; K-9 detects fish; albino python; dead sturgeon; illegal oyster harvest

June 14, 2017 - found missing person; roadside birth; ruffed grouse crossing; I Fish NY event

June 7, 2017 - abandoned RV; trespassing; illegal tautog; illegal dumping

May 31, 2017 - sunk truck; Bronx fishing event; duck family rescue; fawn rescue; bald eagle nest replacement; bucket head bear; trespasser on camera

May 24, 2017 - illegal fluke; illegal turkey; oil spill; illegal bass

May 17, 2017 - coyote hunting; loon rescue; turkey hunting; wolf pelt; boat rescue; car in river; career day outreach; jeep in flood; swift water rescue training

May 10, 2017 - marine patrol vessel training; youth turkey hunt; Lake Ontario Tactical Operations; striped bass bust

May 3, 2017 - alligator selling; illegal fishing; C & D debris burning; tire fire

April 26, 2017 - sewer sludge flooding; illegal snowmobiling; pesticides; striped bass; oil spill; fish stocking

April 19, 2017- pesticide enforcement; injured seal; trespassing; tidal wetlands; fishing license

April 12, 2017 - illegal dumping; illegal firearms; alligators; bobcats; vehicle in creek

April 5, 2017 - injured hawk; sea turtles and ivory; illegal deer; dolphin; striped bass; ice fishing; circus inspection; raccoon; swans; C & D burning; lost man

March 29, 2017 - stranded seal; injured hawk; scallop enforcement; trapped seagull; deer checks; medical waste violation

March 22, 2017- flyover for deer surveillance; illegal lobsters; striped bass; endangered species bust; snakes; storm response

March 15, 2017 - trespassing; illegal burning; illegal fishing; C & D burning; air pollution; shark fins; illegal hunting

March 1, 2017 - fishing derby; python sale; pharmaceutical take-back; illegal hunting and firearms; illegal crabbing