Early in the week, the region finally received the first significant snowfall of the season. Of course, the snow didn't arrive until after the hunting season had ended.
This year's season proved to be one of the warmest and snow-free hunting seasons on record. Without snow cover for tracking, the odds of seeing deer fall firmly on the side of the whitetail.
It was a long season and I'm glad it's over. Now, I hope to focus my attention on those plump, ruffed grouse that were so evident when I had a deer rifle in my hand.
For the sake of the local economy, I hope the current snowstorm is significant enough to jump start the ski season. If not, it appears that there's more on the way.
It's amazing the different scene that a few inches of fresh snow can produce. A carpet of snow can instantly obliterate the accumulated debris of a season, with a fresh, clean, white scene.
Cougars in the news
North Country Public Radio (NCPR) recently aired a two part series on mountain lions in the North Country. The program revealed a growing number of mountain lion sightings that have been reported across the region. The NCPR report also detailed an alleged mountain lion attack on horses that occurred this summer in St. Lawrence County this past summer.
I have visited the topic of mountain lions in previous articles and I continue to receive numerous emails, letters and phone calls regarding such sightings. Although I have never witnessed a lion, I firmly believe what others have reported, including my own siblings.
Known as a Ghost cat, Catamount, Puma, Painter, Panther, Mountain lion or Cougar, the nation's largest cat was at one time distributed across the North American continent from southern Canada to the tip of South America.