Dan Rosenblatt, wildlife diversity section head at the state Department of Environmental Conservation, addresses his department’s decision to identify an 85-pound canid a wolf. The animal was shot and killed in Central New York by a hunter in December 2021. DNA testing done at Princeton and Trent universities determined the animal to be a wolf. DEC made its findings public in September, after originally saying the animal was more closely related to an eastern coyote based on the results of a DNA test they received in the spring. This video was created and produced by DEC.
Mike Lynch has been a multimedia reporter for the Explorer since 2014 and can often be found hiking mountains, paddling rivers, or skiing down slopes. His photos complement many of the stories throughout the magazine and website, and he regularly writes wildlife, land acquisition and recreation stories. Mike has also worked as a licensed outdoor guide and thru-paddled the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. He is the author of 12 Short Hikes on Preserves near Lake George. He can be reached at email@example.com. Sign up for Mike’s newsletter