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The 71 million Americans who like watching wildlife far outnumber and outspend hunters, but don’t get much a say in wildlife policy.

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New Brunswick Moose Cruise

I’ve heard about going with hunting guides on wildlife watching tours, but never done it. A guy I know who gives bear viewing (and not hunting) tours says the hunters mock the watchers. But the wildlife watching business isn’t nearly as developed as the hunting guide one. So where do you go if you want someone that really knows animals?

Staying in Fundy National Park I saw a brochure for nearby Adair’s Wilderness Lodge and their “wildlife tours.” Another couple in the park said everyone who went there loved it. I called and talked to Ida Adair, who said we might see deer or moose, but nothing’s guaranteed. Wildlife watchers know that’s part of the deal. The only ones who say you’re going to see an animal for sure either are lying or have some place staked out where habituated animals visit regular. The Adairs are neither. Also, they said taking our dog was fine. Larry Adair takes his shepherd with on trips, too.

We cruised around in Larry’s white van, pounding over dusty clay roads, looking in every field. A good part of the fun of the trip with Larry Adair is hearing his stories about his past adventures in the wild, with animals and with people. He may have been holding back any hunting stories that would’ve turned me off, but I think of him more as an enthusiastic outdoorsman. When I took a class for a hunting license for research, the instructor talked about the true

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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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