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Rangers help lost hunters, hurt hikers

Lost hunters and injured hikers — state forest rangers helped rescue two of each this past weekend in the Adirondacks.

Elsewhere this past week, forest rangers battled a wildfire in southeastern New York’s Livingston County and rescued two lost hikers in western New York’s Erie County.

Lost hunter found

On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Logan Quinn contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch advising he was commencing a search for a lost hunter on Northwoods Club Road in the Essex County town of Minerva. Forest Rangers Charles Kabrehl and Scott Sabo Jr. were also contacted and responded to assist.

At 3:34 p.m., rangers located the 19-year-old hunter from Wilton based on coordinates he provided, which placed him on the southwest side of Pine Mountain in the Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area. The hunter and rangers proceeded out of the woods, and at 5:30 p.m. the hunter was reunited with his hunting party and rangers cleared the scene.

Ankle injury

On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3:35 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiking party on Bear Den Mountain, in the Essex County town of Wilmington, reporting one of the hikers had suffered an ankle injury.

Forest Rangers Scott Sabo Jr., Andrew Lewis, and Peter Evans responded to assist. Upon locating the 29-year-old hiker from Framingham, Massachusetts, Evans splinted the injured ankle and slowly began to escort the woman down to the base of the mountain, where a six-wheeler was waiting to bring her out to the trailhead. At 8:55 p.m., the hiker was out of the woods and being transported to a local hospital for additional medical treatment, and all rangers cleared the scene.

Dislocated shoulder

On Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9:25 a.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting an injured hiker on the trail for Wright Peak in the High Peaks Wilderness, in the town of North Elba. The caller stated that a member of his party slipped and fell on a rock, causing her to dislocate her right shoulder near the Wright and Algonquin junction.

Forest Rangers Megan LaPierre, Peter Evans and Andrew Lewis responded. Once on scene, LaPierre assessed the injury and concluded it could not be reduced. LaPierre requested Advance Life Support assistance for pain management. The Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service staged an ambulance at the Adirondak Loj while an ALS provider was transported into the woods by Lewis using an UTV. Evans followed them on a six-wheel all-terrain vehicle. Once with the 39-year-old hiker from Winhall, Vermont, the ALS provider administered pain medication. Rangers then escorted the subject back to the ATV, where she was given a ride out to a waiting ambulance.

Another lost hunter found

On Sunday, Nov. 8 at 7:47 p.m., Herkimer County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requesting forest ranger assistance for a lost hunter in the area of Twitchell Lake, in the Herkimer County town of Webb. The hunter was last seen at 2 p.m. on the northern end of the lake in shorts and a T-shirt, carrying a backpack. A concerned friend went out to look for the man but only found the subject’s walkie-talkie.

Per 911, the Town of Webb Police Department and New York State Police were responding to the area. Forest Rangers Luke Evans, Matthew Savarie, Martin Candee and Dylan McCartney responded to assist, along with New York State Police Aviation. The 52-year-old hunter from Honeoye Falls was located at 12:40 a.m. by Savarie and Candee. The rangers walked the hunter out and released him to his friends at their hunting camp at 3 a.m.

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