Moose in the Adirondacks: Coming Soon

When I went up to the Adirondacks recently I was hoping to see a moose. I should have been tipped off by the fact that the New York Department of Transportation still wants everyone to tell them whenever they see a moose that this wasn’t going to be easy. We stayed in Indian Lake, the self-proclaimed moose capitol of New York.The Snowy Mountain Inn is keeping track of moose sightings for locals, especialy those around Indian Lake. When we stayed there we didn’t see any moose, moose tracks or even moose scat. The woman whose cottage we rented said a moose had been on her property this summer, but all she got to see was the tracks.Now dogs that are specially trained to sniff out moose droppings are on the case, trying to get an accurate count of moose in the area. Nobody knows how many moose the park or state have, except to say that it’s in the hundreds and growing. That’s great news from just 20 years ago when the state figured it had only 15 moose.I’d love to see New Yorkers catch onto what Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont offer: guided tours to go out and see moose at dusk.

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Adirondack Garbage Dumps & Bears

Garbage dumps in the Adirondacks only a few years ago used to draw huge crowds to see black bears, but someone thought better of the idea and closed them off.

When I was fishing around for places in New York to reliably see animals for a story for New York, a guy from the state Department of Environmental Protection told me the garbage dumps in the Adirondacks were the most reliable place to see bear. When I visited the Adirondacks last week I asked the woman who rented us the cottage. Much to my surprise, she was all over the garbage dumb scene.

Just a few years ago dozens of people would show up at the garbage dumps, presumably at dusk, to see the bears. Sometimes the crowd would be thirty people, with the ranger feeding the bear a marshmallow on a stick.

Of course, the current thinking is that this kind of thing is exactly what leads to bear conflicts. A fed bear is a dead bear. Bears grow start associating people with food. Yellowstone Park once had similar, much more formal bear feeding stations, where they would dump the garbage and let tourists watch the bears.

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Adirondack Park For The Disabled

One of the great finds in the Adirondacks–which is just full of places to see animals–was the John Dillon Park. International Paper started it a few years ago to be accessible to people with disabilities, but it’s open to everyone.The park is really amazing in that the grounds are kept very natural, not manicured, but the trails are all wide, smooth and easy to enjoy. Best of all was the staff, who were completely enthusiastic about finding all visitors something they would enjoy doing.We took a walk down a gentle path to Grampus Lake where we saw a loon family. Along the way a pair of snowshoe hares crossed the path. The Dr. Ellis at the information center set us up with Keith, a forestry student, who gave us a tour of the lake in quiet, gentle electric pontoon.

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