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State Department of Environmental Conservation rangers found two hunters who were illegally camping and cutting trees in a protected wilderness area they had flown by seaplane into southwest Adirondacks earlier this month.

Rangers discovered an illegal camp on a remote pond in the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area in the city of Ohio in Herkimer County. The camp had been set up by two hunters from nearby Forestport who had landed a plane on the water, cleared a path with a chainsaw, and felled trees for tent poles.

On November 13, the rangers Lincoln Hanno and Dylan McCartney discovered the illegal camp, and on the evening of November 19, the rangers arrested the two hunters.

Rangers said they saw several violations of the state’s land, including using a chainsaw in a wilderness area, storing personal property on state land, violating camping and landing an airplane on prohibited water in a wilderness area. The two hunters reportedly felled 14 trees to set up their camp. Rangers issued multiple tickets for the various offenses.

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Injured hiker flown

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At 2:16 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, Essex County 911 delivered a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 34-year-old male hiker from Niskayuna with a non-incriminating right lower leg injury in the city of Essex County by Keene.

According to the reigning Forest Ranger Lt. Kevin Burns was on standby with New York State Police Aviation. Forest Rangers Peter Evans and Robbi Mecus got on to assess the walker’s injury. A ground team consisting of Rangers Andrew Lewis, Scott Sabo Jr. and David Russell followed behind.

At 4:15 p.m., Mecus located the injured hiker and placed him in a harness. He was then hoisted into the helicopter by NYSP Aviation and flown to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Lost Wanderer found

At 9:44 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, the Washington County 911 relayed a call to DEC’s Ray Brook reporting a possible overdue hiker in the town of Horicon, Warren County. After an interview with the reporting party, the Rangers decided that their destination was most likely Lake Pharaoh.

Forest Ranger Charles Kabrehl responded to check the trailhead and locate the woman’s car. Kabrehl went into the woods with a Warren County sheriff’s assistant and found the 44-year-old hiker from Glens Falls. The emergency services escorted the missing hiker safely back to the starting point.

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