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Kaaterskill rescue--Greene County.

Two people began hiking the Kaaterskill Falls Trail, continuing past "restricted area" signs and fencing placed there because of construction activity on the right side of the lower falls. By 7:00 p.m., the couple had hiked up to the amphitheater and erected a tent, planning to camp for the night. Around 2:00 a.m., they texted a friend and said they were at the top of Kaaterskill Falls and afraid because a lightning storm was moving through the area. They also were fearful after hearing animals around their tent but didn't feel it was safe to go back the way they had come up. The friend called DEC Central Dispatch and spoke to Ranger Christine Nelson, who set out and found the duo around three hours later. They were illegally camped a couple of feet from Spruce Creek. Waiting until daylight, Ranger Nelson and the campers hiked back down and reached the trailhead by 6:30 a.m. The campers received tickets for failing to comply with DEC signs, and were arraigned at the Town of Hunter Court.

Contributed by ECO Lt. Liza Bobseine and Forest Ranger Capt. Stephen Scherry.

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Title Annotation:On Patrol: Real stories from Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers in the field; New York
Publication:New York State Conservationist
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Oct 1, 2015
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