A study on the feasibility of wolf reintroduction in the Adirondacks, conducted in 1999, revealed the habitat was suitable for sustaining a small population of gray wolves.
However, due to the park's fragmented nature, and the lack of wild corridors linking occupied wolf areas to the north; it was determined that wolves would not be able to establish a viable, breeding population without periodic human intervention. The study concluded that ecological conditions dictated against the successful reintroduction of gray wolves.
Yet, stories and reports of wolves persist and continue to circulate. Despite evidence to the contrary, we want to believe them. We want to believe there are still wolves and cougars out there; we want our woods to remain dangerous and mysterious.
In some manner, this belief makes us brave, strong and daring. If there are still wild animals stalking the local woods, our forest forays are no longer just a simple walk in the park; they become an adventure. We all need the excitement.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org