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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Biologist to talk about big cats

Wildlife biologist Paul Jensen will give a lecture on “Big Cats of the Adirondacks” at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 29.

Jensen will talk about the historical distribution of mountain lions, Canada lynx, and bobcats in the Northeast and how these species may be affected by changes in the landscape and the climate in the years ahead.

Cougar

Cougar

Mountain lions and Canada lynx no longer live in the Adirondacks, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Last year, however, officials confirmed that a mountain lion struck by a car in Connecticut had passed through the Lake George region. The cat had migrated east from South Dakota.

Jensen, a senior wildlife biologist with DEC, has been researching martens and fishers in the Adirondacks as part of a doctoral program at McGill University in Montreal.

The Adirondack Museum is sponsoring the lecture. Because of construction at the museum, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is hosting the event. Museum members and children of elementary-school age or younger will be admitted free. The fee for others is $5.

For more information, call (518) 352-7311 or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

Phil Brown

Contributor Phil Brown was editor of the Adirondack Explorer from 1999-2018. When he isn't at his desk, he's usually out hiking, paddling, skiing, or doing something else important.

4 Responses

  1. Charles Baudinet says:

    Can we find out the result of Paul’s research on marten. Specifically, its current distribution and the change in distribution since 2000, estimated population and population density, habitat occupied, its relationship with fishers and the dynamics of habotat competition with fisher, management plans inclusing reintroduction proposals (for instance, there was one in the the Catskills, right after the successful fisher reintroduction), etc. A thorough lengthy aricle on marten in the Explorer would be welcomed!

    Thanks!

  2. Phil says:

    Charles, thanks for the story idea.

  3. Sounds like an interesting talk. I wish I could be there! I wasn’t familiar with martens, but found some interesting info through the SUNY ESF site.

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