Game Warden Stories: Duck Day Afternoon for N.Y. Officer

This wildlife-rescue story has a cool ending.

Game Warden Stories: Duck Day Afternoon for N.Y. Officer

New York ECO Chris DeRose holds rescued ducklings. (New York Department of Environmental Conservation photo)

If you’ve spent any time on social media recently, chances are you’ve seen a cool video of local heroes helping wildlife in peril.

For one conservation officer in New York, his heroic efforts led him to two reports of lost waterfowl and included a sweet happy ending, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

On June 2, officer Chris DeRose answered a call from a woman who heard ducklings chirping in a storm drain in Suffolk County. With the help of a Good Samaritan, DeRose removed the storm rain grate, corralled the seven orphaned ducklings and removed them. No adults were seen in the area, so DeRose contacted a wildlife rehabilitator to find them a new home.

While the officer was on his way to deliver the rescued ducklings, he received another birds-in-trouble call; this time a family of ducks had gotten trapped in a near-empty in-ground swimming pool in Nassau County. DeRose and the wildlife rehabilitator responded and, with the help of nets and quick hands, rescued the mallard hen and her six ducklings.


Since all 13 of the ducklings are about the same age, a decision was made to release them with the hen at a nearby lake.


"After release, the hen mallard successfully accepted the orphan ducklings and the family of 14 appeared to enjoy their new home, which is much nicer than a storm drain or a swimming pool," the agency said.

Click to see video of the duck release

Read more DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Mustad

Mustad's Saltwater Jig Lineup

Russ Whisler shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the innovative features and great color schemes in Mustad's voluminous lineup of saltwater jigs introduced at ICAST 2019.

MLF Pro Tips: How to Fish a New Lake

MLF Pro Tips: How to Fish a New Lake

Major League Fishing pros Alton Jones, Jeff Sprague, Anthony Gagliardi and James Watson share their thoughts on how to approach fishing a new lake for bass.

MLF BPT angler and former Classic champ Casey Ashley has been with Costa del Mar sunglasses his whole career. At ICAST 2019, he shows OSG writer Lynn Burkhead some new products and talks how to pick the right lens color for the water.

13 Fishing Omen Black Baitcasting Rod

13 Fishing Omen Black Baitcasting Rod

Multiple time FLW Costa winner Jessi Mizell is no stranger to catching big Florida bass on a popping frog. As he tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead, with the new 13 Fishing Omen Black baitcasting rod, the job just got easier.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The best jig fisherman are those that are always aware of what their jig is doing. Bass

4 Tips When Jig Fishing For Bass

Chris Schneider - August 25, 2015

The best jig fisherman are those that are always aware of what their jig is doing.

If you haven't looked at the smaller urban lakes in your area, you are missing out on some great bass pond fishing. Bass

Bass Pond Fishing: Catch Lunkers at Small Lakes Near You

Dan Anderson

If you haven't looked at the smaller urban lakes in your area, you are missing out on some...

Here are the 10 most common spinning and baitcaster reel performance problems and how to fix them. Fishing How-To

10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems

Anietra Hamper

Here are the 10 most common spinning and baitcaster reel performance problems and how to fix...

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies. Panfish

Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.

See More Trending Articles

More Conservation & Politics

Perspective by National Shooting Sports Foundation. Conservation & Politics

NSSF: Lawmakers Only Interested in Gun Control for Law-Abiding

Larry Keane

Perspective by National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Perspective by National Shooting Sports Foundation. Conservation & Politics

Former Ambassador 'Forgets' History on Everytown Veepstakes Tryout

Larry Keane

Perspective by National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Perspective from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Conservation & Politics

Everytown's Linguistic Gymnastics: 2nd Amendment Doesn't Really Mean 'Bear' Arms

Larry Keane

Perspective from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Bear-hunting regulations vary widely throughout the West. Are these differences necessary? Big Game

Bear Necessities for Proper Management

Andrew McKean

Bear-hunting regulations vary widely throughout the West. Are these differences necessary?

See More Conservation & Politics

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.