Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Some Strange News About Wildlife

This is a day for strange wildlife stories.

First I read in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that hiker on the Northville-Placid Trail stabbed a bear that had been following her. The bear took off; she’s all right. Read the story here.

Then I read on the Times Union’s website that a bull moose had wandered into a backyard in Halfmoon, a suburb of Albany. State officials tranquilized the animal and planned to release it in the southern Adirondacks. Read the story here.

Finally, the Associated Press reports that a deer in Ellenburg jumped through one window of a moving vehicle and out the other. Unfortunately, things did not end well for the deer. Read the story here.
Here is the State Police news release on the last incident:

On September 19, 2013, at approximately 4:45 p.m., State Police responded to a report of a personal injury car-deer motor vehicle accident on State Route 374, in the town of Ellenburg. A vehicle driven by John A. Perry, 61 years old of Chateaugay, NY, was traveling northeast on State Route 374. A deer ran into the roadway from the northwest shoulder.

The deer jumped into the driver’s side rear passenger window and landed on a 16 year old backseat passenger, who was seated behind the driver. The deer continued through the interior of the vehicle and exited through the passenger side rear window.

Perry and his passenger were both transported to Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The deer was subsequently deceased.

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Phil Brown is the former Editor of Adirondack Explorer, the regional bimonthly with a focus on outdoor recreation and environmental issues, the same topics he writes about here at Adirondack Almanack. Phil is also an energetic outdoorsman whose job and personal interests often find him hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, trail running, and backcountry skiing. He is the author of Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures, which he co-published with the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the editor of Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks, an anthology of Marshall’s writings.Visit Lost Pond Press for more information.

3 Responses

  1. Marco says:

    Wow, taken individually, there is nothing unusual. But within a week or so? Strange, indeed.

  2. Paul says:

    “The deer was subsequently deceased.”

    Say what?

  3. Paul says:

    Stabbing a bear with a knife, that is pretty unusual even by itself. That is the first I have heard of something like that. Early bear season is now open.

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