A quick run down of Wildlife What's Here, What's Not, What Could Be
Mountain lions: Hunter's Didn't get them all, They are here in very small numbers. About 1 or 2 sightings a year. One was shot in 1994. One recently (Fall 2001) spotted by at least 25 people in the town of Lewis.
Caribou: They have been extinct in the Adirondacks for 10,000 years, they don't belong here anymore
Lynx: Yes they are still here. Numbers are unknown. I know they are here because I almost ran over one on the Northway recently.
Wild Turkey Last ones wiped out by Hunters in 1850. Reintroduced and now populations are exploding
Moose: gaining in numbers
Badgers: Yes they are here. I saw one. Probably very low in numbers.
Wolverines: There are rumors they might be here in the Northern Tier,
Grizzly Bears: Not on this side of the continental divide
Wolves: Hopefully coming back soon
Elk :Were here at one time hunted to extinction.Hopefully coming back soon
Pleisosaurus: People claim to have seen champ and Lake Champlain was once part of the ocean
Bigfoot: I have been told that Bigfoot is Alive and well in Herkimer County
Zebra Mussels An Unwelcome Invader but Hey the lake has never been cleaner
Pine Martins After been hunted almost to extinction They are back and stealing hiker's food
Eastern Timber Rattlers: Small numbers in select locations around Lake George and the town of Westport.
Skunks: Oh yeah
Eastern Brown Bat: Anything that eats Mosquitoes & Blackflies is a friend of mine
Fleas & Ticks Very Rare North of L. George. Unheard of in higher elevations so bring the dog
Black Bears: Main stay at the dumps & becoming a nuisance stealing tourist food
Beavers: Damming up rivers & lakes and causing Giardia
Bison: No Open parries so no Bison except on farms
Minks: Second stinkyest animal after the Skunk
Antelope: deer play not the antelope here
Red Fox : Keeping the Rodent population down
Golden Eagles: Making a comeback but still rare
Bald Eagles: Very, Very Rare
Ravens: Coming back in good numbers
Foot Long Millipedes And then some
Coyotes: Despite Man's best effort they are still here in good numbers
Parrie Dogs No Parries so no parrie Dogs
Rabbits: Coyote & Fox Food
Fishers: Small numbers but they are here
River Otters: Here in decent numbers
Turkey Vultures: Ugly but but here
Weasels: There are ermine which are short tailed Weasels that live here. Thanks to A.M. for pointing this out to me.
Leaches Avoid Stagnant Water