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Moose – New Yorks 0ther Big Game Animal

Moose – New Yorks 0ther Big Game Animal

New York sportsmen have a century-old tradition of hunting two resident big game mammals of New York State… the white-tailed deer and the black bear. Interestingly another North American big game mammal has been slowly appearing with increased regularity in the Empire State over the last several decades. The moose (Alces alces) is common throughout many parts […]

Winter Mortality and White-tail Deer

Winter Mortality and White-tail Deer

Here in the Catskills we are once again having one of the more severe winters that we have seen in a number of years. Heavy snowfall accumulations and bitter cold temperatures should remind us that hard winters are always a possibility in our  northern climate. We have seen almost continuous snowpack since New Years.  While it presents numerous […]

NYSDEC’s Black Bear Management Plan

NYSDEC’s recently proposed Black Bear Management Plan covers a wide range of issues. It is important to note that this is a “draft” plan, and is subject to change depending on public input. Biologists began investigating a number of Catskill black bear issues in the 1970’s when overall bear numbers were considerably lower. A “mark […]

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” – (Dealing with Problem Black Bears)

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” – (Dealing with Problem Black Bears)

With the onset of summer and fall, we will once again see an increase in the number of bear problems for homeowners in the Hudson Valley. Over the last few decades, the black bear population has increased in our region, and bear/human conflicts have become more common as the human population expands into rural areas. Currently the […]

Where Did They All Go ?…Black Bear Winter Denning

Where Did They All Go ?…Black Bear Winter Denning

After regularly seeing bears throughout most of the year, black bears in our area are missing from the landscape during the winter months. Black bears have entered their winter dens to avoid the rigors of winter and will spend several months hidden in seclusion and for some, giving birth to a new generation of cubs. Generally […]