Coyote Encounters

DEC Issues Guidance to Avoid Coyote Conflicts

New Yorkers Urged to Follow DEC Guidelines to Avoid any Issues

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today issued guidance to help prevent conflicts between people and coyotes to protect the public and their pets.

“This is the time of year when New York’s resident coyotes breed and set up dens for pups that will arrive in the spring,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “While conflicts with people and pets are rare, New Yorkers should remain alert and follow DEC’s common-sense guidelines to minimize the risk for potential conflicts with coyotes.”

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DEC WEBSITE

Target Shooting at Tonawanda Swamp Illegal?

DEC Announces Closure of All Target Shooting Activity at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area

Closure Takes Effect Feb. 1

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, target shooting will be prohibited at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in DEC’s Regions 8 and 9. The closure will bring the WMA into compliance with recently adopted regulations for WMAs statewide that prohibit target shooting.

DEC adopted statewide regulations following a public comment period last year and is exploring additional options to provide safe and ecologically sound target shooting at alternative locations throughout the state.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DEC WEBSITE

The Fishing Line

The Fishing Line - Dec. 31st Edition

Time to get out and ice fish.

In This Issue:

  • That’s a Wrap – 2021 Round Whitefish Egg Collection Complete
  • Lake Champlain Ice Fishing Survey – Year 2 Underway
  • The 2022 Ice Fishing Season – It’s Almost Here!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DEC WEBSITE

DEC Exam: Licensed Guide

DEC Announces 2022 Dates for Licensed Guide Exam

Become a New York State licensed guide.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that examinations are scheduled for individuals seeking to become licensed guides in New York State. The exams being offered are for guiding in the following categories: camping; fishing; hiking; hunting; whitewater; rock climbing; ice climbing; and certified skilled with boats and canoes.

A guide is a person at least 18 years of age who offers services for hire, part or all of which include directing, instructing, or aiding another individual in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, whitewater rafting/canoeing/kayaking, or rock and ice climbing.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DEC WEBSITE

Pro Industrial Wind Turbine Group at it Again!

Be aware that there are people that are now promoting the Wind Turbines in Lake Erie (See Image), threatening our water of life and our fishery. We must continue to educate the public and push back against these falsehoods. Industrial Wind Turbines provide a net negative impact to our Great Lakes  natural resources. Please spread the word and let people know that we will not tolerate these useless industrial machines in our waters by contacting your elected representatives at the town, county and state levels. Please visit the Facebook Group CAWTILE (Citizens Against Wind Turbines in Lake Erie) for additional resources and information.