Some may say bad luck caused a group to get busted for illegally camping in Upstate New York.

On Wednesday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released its "DEC Forest Rangers – Week in Review" which highlights recent statewide forest ranger actions. Included in this week's report was a group caught illegally camping.

Disabled Truck At Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement


Officers were first tipped off about something potentially illegal when a truck was found disabled.

On Sunday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m., the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office called Forest Ranger Snye about a disabled vehicle in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement.

Ranger Snye and Deputy Wilt located the truck in deep snow. A tow company eventually came to remove the truck from the snow.

Driver Admits To Illegal Camping


While speaking with the driver, Ranger Snye learned that the driver was part of a group of six people that was camping for two days.

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Illegal Camping in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement

According to the DEC, the group was actually illegally camping in the area.

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Illegal Tree Cutting in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement


The DEC also reports the group illegally cut down a tree, as seen in the above photo.

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Twelve tickets were issued to the six individuals for cutting down trees, camping in a non-designated area, and erecting a structure on New York State land.

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