Hurricane Sandy forces release in St. Lawrence County of game pheasants destined for Long Island
Friday, November 9, 2012 - 6:28 am

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released additional pheasants this week in St. Lawrence County.

These pheasants and others to be released upstate come from the New York state game farm. These birds were scheduled for release on Long Island but Hurricane Sandy has forced DEC to distribute them upstate.

Earlier this fall, approximately 3,500 adult pheasants were released throughout the five counties in DEC’s Region 6. In St. Lawrence County, birds were released on Fish Creek (Town of Macomb), Upper & Lower Lakes (Town of Canton) and Wilson Hill (Town of Louisville) Wildlife Management Areas. Upper and Lower Lakes WMA was to be stocked with 98 more pheasants this week.

The pheasant season in Region 6 opened on Oct. 1 and will close on Feb. 28.

For information in St. Lawrence County, contact the Potsdam Wildlife Office at 265-3090.