These are questions discussed in Mike Lynch’s cover story for the March-April issue of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine—the second in a series of articles on the Adirondacks’ missing predators.
Some people believe that the wolf, like the moose before it, could disperse to the Adirondacks. The nearest wolf population is only a few hundred miles away in Algonquin Provincial Park. There also is a substantial wolf population in the western Great Lakes states.
Wildlife advocates want DEC to prepare an action plan to aid the wolf’s return. Among other things, such a plan could educate hunters to tell the difference between a wolf and a coyote and educate the public at large about living with wolves.
So far, DEC has resisted doing so, preferring to focus its attention on species already here.
We won’t go into all the details as we’ll post the entire story on the Almanack in the near future. Incidentally, Mike also took the cover photo; it’s a wolf named Cree at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington.
The March-April Explorer contains a number of other articles that should be of interest to Almanack readers. The topics include:
- A controversial subdivision at Woodworth Lake in the southern Adirondacks.
- The threats to lake trout posed by climate change.
- Ski tours across ponds south of Floodwood Road and on a new trail along the upper Hudson.
- The ordeal of two lost hikers who spent a subzero night in Panther Gorge.
- An initiative to create hut-to-hut networks in the Adirondacks.
- A court ruling upholding the right of the Explorer editor (and all paddlers) to canoe Shingle Shanty Brook.
- How two hotel projects—one controversial, one not—stand to change Saranac Lake.
- An interview with a Catholic priest from Indian Lake who is also a Forty-Sixer.
- NYCO Minerals’ test drilling in the Jay Mountain Wilderness.
A few of these stories will be posted on the Almanack. The rest will be available only to Explorer subscribers.
The stories listed above are just the highlights. Each issue of the Explorer also contains book reviews; columns on birds, wildlife, and natural history; opinion pieces and pro-and-con debates; news items; an Outdoor Skills page; and more.
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