Return of The Wild

Moose are back, river otters are spreading throughout the Adirondacks, peregrine falcons nest on our cliffs, and native trout spawn in protected waters. The Adirondacks may be one of the only places on Earth where there is more wild today than there was 100 years ago. 

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Making a Comeback

See the real story of how moose, otters, trout and falcons are coming back, in the Adirondacks.

See the stories

Mountain Lions Yes

Hear from a couple who say they saw a mountain lion the the Adirondacks.

Mountain Lions No

Ken Kogut of the state's DEC argues there are no wild mountain lions in the region.

Mountain Lions Maybe

The Wild Center's David Gross says the conditions are right, and that lions roam other similar forests.

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A Moose Meets a Kayak in New York

This moose showed up near The Wild Center in the Adirondacks. Moose have moved back into New York in the past decades. 

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A new way to track wild animals, without bothering them.

Watch as a team trains dogs, the same kind that sniff out bombs and drugs, to sniff out moose poop, more formally known as scat. The dogs used their training and geometric triangulation to help conduct a moose count with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. These are dogs that are selected because they are often the opposite of great pets, high drive and highly focused animals who take that energy and become working field science assistants.

This project was supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society and The Wild Center.