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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

400 Moose now call New York's Adirondack Mountains home.........Part of the fauna matrix found in New York State at the point of European colonization(circa AD1500), Moose, like Caribou were extirpated and fully gone from these parts by the Civil War (forest to farrmland conversion destroying ungulate habitat).........As populations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont rebounded, Moose began recolonizing the Adirondacks in 1980............. "As this Winter of 2017-18 got under way, Adirondack's Moose population appeared to be in good physical condition with many calves seen accompanying females each year."..........While farther south than their cousins in northern New England, Adirondack Moose thus far are less stressed by ticks and parasites-- 23% mortality due to winter tick and other parasite debilitation.........Auto Collisions account for a stunning 55% of all Moose deaths in NY State..............While Black Bears and Eastern Coyotes will opportunistically kill Moose Calves(calves have no odor and Bears and Coyotes literally only those they stumble over),.............. "Trent University biologists in 2013 documented four definitive cases of eastern coyotes and (or) eastern coyote × eastern wolf hybrids killing moose ≥1.5 years old"............ "Predation by coyotes and coyote × wolf hybrids probably does not represent a threat to moose population viability in central Ontario(and/or the Adirondacks)"

view video of Adirondack moose by clicking on this link:

The Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region. Today the Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined.

Moose in the Adirondacks:

 Incredible aerial video, photos

 Feb. 19, 2018

The state Department of Environmental Conservation in February 2018 posted several photos of moose in the Adirondacks as part of a multi-year aerial project. (Photo: Department of Environmental Conservation)

ALBANY - Do you know the Adirondacks has a healthy

 and growing moose population?

The state Department of Environmental Conservation

 2015 to track and study the movement of moose in
 the Adirondack Mountains.
The goal is to develop a moose-management plan
 for New York and boost their survival. The DEC
 estimates New York has about 400 moose, mainly
 living in the Adirondacks.

Photo: Department of Environmental

The DEC this month released new photos and a 
video of moose stomping through the snow-covered
 forest and encouraged those who visit the region to
 report any sightings.
"Aerial surveys are conducted only during the winter
 months with the use of helicopters," the DEC said.
"The moose tend to be clustered in areas with
 abundant food resources, and they are easy to
 spot from the air when there are no leaves on
 the hardwood trees and they are silhouetted 
against the snow."

Moose don't live forever.  How do they die in NY?
A summary of 100 known mortalities of moose, recorded between 2000 and 2014, is given at left.  These mortalities were "opportunistically" detected, typically animals found dead along roads or acting strangely in and around centers of human activity (which ultimately led to their death).

These data are useful for disease surveillance in that they identify sources of mortality in a populations -- such as brain worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis), starvation, and hyperthermia

The DEC started the project three years ago with
 the SUNY College of Environmental Science
 and Forestry and Cornell University's 
Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.
The multi-year project is aimed at obtaining 
information on the status of New York's moose
 population, their health and the factors that
 affect their survival and reproductive rate.

The effort has included trying to capture the 
moose and fit them with GPS collars. The 
DEC did so with 12 moose three years ago; 
nine in 2016 and five more last year.
With the GPS system, the moose can be
 remotely tracked, and it can also help 
determine whether they are producing 
calves or having health problems.
"Researchers also have tracked collared 
moose to understand their diet selection 
and have been sampling vegetation 
across the Adirondack Park to assess 
the quantity and quality of available food 
sources," the DEC said.

While most of the New York moose are found
 in the Adirondack region, some have been
 found south in the Albany area, including in
 Rensselaer and Columbia counties.
In 2015, one bull moose was captured in 
Rensselaer County after it was
The DEC encourages people to provide
 any information about moose sightings 
by filling out a form on the DEC's website.

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