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Hometown ECO promoted to Lieutenant

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Lt.Terrell shown here at Region 4 Headquarters with a 575 lb. illegal bear that was shot and killed In Halcott, Greene County. Mike Terrell and another local ECO, Mike Arp (not pictured) made the arrest and saw the case to a successful conclusion.

May 31, 2019 03:00 pm Updated: May 31, 2019 03:30 pm

Veteran local NYS Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Michael C. Terrell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on April 18, 2019.

After serving NYS since 1990 and serving as an ECO since 1996, Lt. Mike Terrell is currently supervising officers in Columbia, Schoharie, and Otsego Counties. Mike was born and raised in Durham NY, and graduated from Cairo-Durham High School in 1988. He then followed his passion for the outdoors and attended SUNY Cobleskill’s Fish and Wildlife program.

He was first hired by DEC as a fish and wildlife technician in 1990 at the Region 4 sub-office in Stamford, New York. Mike achieved his lifelong dream by becoming a NYS Environmental Conservation Officer in 1996. Lt. Terrell began his career in New York City where he distinguished himself as the lead officer in an investigation into an illegal Atlantic sturgeon poaching ring that spanned from New York to Michigan. 

A number of subjects were convicted of felonies resulting in jail time and fines totaling $150,000.00. He also played a key role in another multi-state investigation involving the harvest and sale of over 100,000 pounds of illegally netted Hudson River striped bass.

“Operation Boomerang” was an example of superb cooperation of officers like Lt. Terrell, NY, New Jersey and federal marine enforcement officers, and prosecutors in both states. The case resulted in the indictment and conviction of organized crime figures and other illegal seafood wholesalers.

Many local residents may remember Mike as their local ECO during the ten years he served in Greene County. Mike transferred to his home county after a stint protecting fish & wildlife in the Adirondacks. Mike spent the last ten years working as an ECO in Schoharie County where he consistently made significant deer jacking other fish & wildlife arrests until his recent promotion to lieutenant. Mike is a true game warden in the most traditional sense.

Please join me in congratulating Lt. Mike Terrell, and wishing him success on his well-deserved promotion to this important post. ECO lieutenants play a critical role in the success of our conservation officers and I’m personally pleased with this selection. I worked closely with Mike for many of years and am confident he will serve with distinction in his newly acquired command.

Happy Hunting & Fishing until next time.

Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS. 

News and Notes

Save the Date for Upcoming Youth Fishing Derbies:
Annual Athens Youth Fishing Derby – June 8

Youths up to 14 can register from 9:30-10 a.m. and fish until noon at Athens Riverside Park on June 8,. Prizes and lunch at noon. For further information contact Jason Lasher at 518-256-6172 or John Cammeron at 518-378-0037.

Annual Fishing Derby at Bavarian Manor - June 29
Sponsored by the Cairo Fish and Game Club in conjunction with the Greene County Federation of Sportsmen, youths up to 15 years of age are eligible to participate. Free hot dogs, and drinks for the kids. All kids get a prize with special awards for winners in the junior and senior divisions.

The Catskill Point Fishing Derby - July 6

Further details will be forthcoming

Field & Stream’s Outdoor Education Series 

Advanced Bass Fishing Techniques - Tuesday, June 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Field & Stream store in Latham.

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