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Outdoors notebook: DEC will hold tests for animal handlers

Anyone wanting to qualify as a falconer, wildlife rehabilitator or leashed tracking dog handler can sign up for a test to be given on Friday, Aug. 16.

Tests go from 10 a.m. to noon at Department of Environmental Conservation regional offices across the state. Applications for these tests must be submitted by Aug. 2.

To review requirements for each qualifying exam, go to and scroll to sections on permits.

To apply for any one of these exams, call (518) 402-8985; email:; or write to: NYS DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752.

Deadly docks

The summer season brings out all kinds of power lines to docksides for pier gear, but wiring can sometimes be suspect — and dangerous. Swimmers near defectively wired shore structures could be injured or killed by electrical currents.

Onlookers also face danger when attempting to assist victims of electric shock drowning. BoatUS has a website with information on how to swim safely, how to avoid causing electric shock drowning, how to distinguish symptoms of drowning from ESD and how to properly rescue a victim and perform CPR.

For details, go to and scroll to “ESD Resource Center.”

Boar-hunt ban

A governor’s signature could end boar hunts on preserves in New York State effective Sept. 1, 2015.

Senate bill S5733 and Assembly bill A3767 would authorize the Department of Environmental Conservation to regulate laws to prohibit the possession, sale and distribution of Eurasian boars.

The law would help stem the spread of wild boars in this state, but the ban would bar preserve hunters from what is perhaps the least expensive high-fence hunting opportunity. Boar hunts cost much less than deer, elk or exotic game-animal hunts. A mature boar could provide enough processed meat to match the cost of store-bought pork, and hunters could enjoy being outdoors to harvest game on a low-priced hunt.