Thursday, January 19, 2012

Museum to Present ‘Big Cats of the Adirondacks’

The second program in the Adirondack Museum’s 2012 Cabin Fever Sunday series, “Big Cats of the Adirondacks” will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Adirondack Museum as wildlife biologist Paul Jenson will explore the ecology, conservation, and management of big cats in the Adirondacks. Big cats once roamed the wilds of the Adirondacks and some still do – fascinating the naturalist with their secretive behavior and stirring emotions of all who catch a glimpse of these awesome predators. Learn about the current and historical distributions of Canadian lynx, bobcat, and mountain lions in New York State and the Northeast. Hear about their current populations, the effect of landscape and climate change, and how these species may fare in the 21st Century.
Paul Jensen is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at McGill University and is conducting research on martens and fishers in the Adirondacks. Paul is also a Senior Wildlife Biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation based in Region 5 (Warrensburg) and is responsible for furbearer management and research in the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain Valley. Prior to joining the DEC in 2003 Paul worked in
Alaska monitoring caribou and other large mammals on the Arctic Coastal Plain and conducted research with the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University. Paul received his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of New Hampshire and B.S. in Environmental Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Due to construction at the Adirondack Museum, this program will be held at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts at Blue Mountain Lake. The lecture will begin at 1:30 p.m. Cabin Fever Sundays are offered at no charge to museum members or children of elementary school age and younger. The fee for non-members is $5.00. For additional information, please call (518) 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

Photo: Bruce Wright, New Brunswick wildlife biologist and author, with what is believed to be the last eastern puma. The puma was trapped by Rosarie Morin of St. Zacharie, Quebec in Somerset County, Maine in 1938. The mounted specimen resides in the New Brunswick Museum in St. John, New Brunswick. Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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  1. cha says:

    To the Missouri CEC from an Adirondack fan. It is very exciting to see the images  (captured by cameras) of Missouri Mountain lions. Despite my signing of one in NY and other sightings by people at the same time, we are assured that you guys have gates around your state that ensure that no lion migrates further east. I’ve been told that my sightings and those of hundreds of others in states like NY, CT, NJ, Pa, Delaware, and others are mistaken and are really sightings of bobcats, giraffes, Guinea pigs, pet monkeys, and stuffed animals that escaped while houses were vulnerable (such as when the Tooth Fairy or Easter Rabbit leave the door open) . They can be sightings of anything but mountain lions according to our  local officials and the state environmental conservation officials. And about that one that was killed in ct? Well it is the only one ever to have entered NY and while it was in Lake George, according to our local officials, it was really invisible so that sightings reported at the time could not have really been of that mountain lion but of some sort of mirage or maybe a hallucination but certainly not of the mountain lion that was in the area at the time because, as we all know, they can’t get past the gates of that wonderful state of Missouri!

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