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Over the past two weeks, rangers and conservation officers from the state Department of Environmental Protection have been rescuing baby animals, attending local events, locating missing recreation enthusiasts and separated, rescued a tired kayaker and found the body of a missing man in the North. Country.

race day

On June 4, the rangers competed in the Wilmington/Whiteface 50K and 100K Bike Race. About 500 competitors took part in the qualifying race for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race. Rangers were there to respond to any potential emergency along the course.

Separated at Stillwater

At 11:50 p.m. June 3, Ray Brook Dispatch requested the assistance of a ranger to search for a group of separated campers on Stillwater Reservoir. Rangers Will Benzel and Patrick Lee responded. At 2:45 a.m., rangers located the two canoeists and transported them and their gear to their campsite. The Rangers then lit a fire to warm the group. One of the campers decided she wasn’t going to stay so the rangers took her back to her car. Resources were clear at 5am

Rabbit rescue

On June 3, Environmental Protection Officer Robert Howe responded to the town of Floyd in Oneida County to help a man who reported accidentally mowing a nest of baby rabbits three days prior. With advice from a wildlife rehabilitator, the man placed grass on the nest to help determine if the mother would return. It was determined that the mother did not return to the nest and that the rabbits had a better chance of survival if taken to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Howe carefully captured the five baby rabbits and transported them to the rehabilitation center where they will be cared for until they can be released back into the wild.

fawn on the lawn

On June 1, Environmental Protection Officer Spencer Noyes responded to a call from an abandoned fawn in a yard at Adirondack High School in Boonville. The fawn curled up in an outside corner of the school was healthy. With help from students in the school’s agriculture class, Noyes managed to relocate the fawn to a nearby wooded area, where the animal’s mother had been spotted earlier. It was also a good teaching moment for the students to observe how to safely leave wildlife where they are, even if they seem “abandoned or injured”.

night rescue

Around 11 p.m. on May 30, Ranger Scott Sabo, Jr. was alerted to a hiker experiencing a medical issue after an afternoon hike. Rangers Jamison Martin and Sabo reached subject, monitored his condition, and stayed with him overnight. The next morning the hiker was still in stable condition and the rangers began walking him and his fellow hikers to the Upper Works trailhead. Resources were cleared at 8:30 a.m.

Fatal disappearance at Little Green Pond

At 1:30 p.m. on May 26, Ray Brook Dispatch requested the assistance of a ranger in the search for a 72-year-old man missing in Inlet. Last seen by his wife on May 20, subject’s camp was searched with negative results. Inlet Police pinged the missing man’s phone in the Santa Clara/Lake Clear area. Rangers Chris Dicintio and Robert Praczkajlo searched the St. Regis Canoe and surrounding area. Praczkajlo located subject’s vehicle at Little Green Pond in Clear Lake. Additional rangers joined the search and located subject’s boat at 3:40 p.m. Five minutes later, they located the deceased subject in the water. The body was turned over to the county coroner and the DEC Environmental Crimes Investigation Bureau. Resources were cleared at 7 p.m.

The kayaker takes off

At 8:30 p.m. on May 25, the Ray Brook dispatcher received a call from the St. Lawrence County dispatcher requesting ranger assistance with an exhausted kayaker on the Raquette River. The 42-year-old kayaker made it to shore, but his coordinates put him about two miles off the road. Rangers and fire personnel inspected the scene and planned a swift water rescue. St. Lawrence County EMS called a helicopter from Fort Drum, and around 12 p.m. the kayaker was airlifted from the shore and transported to Samaritan Hospital in Watertown.

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