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Explorers find wreck of 19th-century NY steamship, blown up in 1898, at bottom of Seneca Lake

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by Kassata Edwards, CBS6, link to original post

Are wolves making a come-back after years of being unheard of in New York? A research team at the State Museum has uncovered some interesting findings that could signal the return of the species to the Adirondacks. The last wolf was shot in the Adirondacks in the 1890’s.

“People have always wondered could a wolf even make it from the Great Lakes or Canada into NY State” says Roland Kays, Curator of Mammals at the New York State Museum.

Three wolves have migrated into NY State and Vermont in the last decade, then shot by coyote hunters. Researchers were excited to see wolves back in the Empire State but had one problem: with each reported case they couldn’t tell if the wolf was a wild animal or an escaped pet.

For one year they tested bone and hair samples from eight different wolves and discovered you are what you eat.

“We can see if the animal was in captivity and eating dog food or livestock or has a history of being in the wild eating deer and rabbits and mice” says Kays.

That’s how they confirmed that wild wolves made their way from the Great Lakes and Ontario from existing wolf populations into NY State looking for a mate.

“They’ve been pretty much extinct in the state so it would be great to see them return to wildlife especially in the Adirondacks” adds Kelleher.

It would be years down the line if we do end up seeing a full return.
“We don’t see any sign that there’s a breeding population” says Kays.
Of course that could all change if the species continues to migrate as they search for mates locally.

Click here for photos & a more detailed article: A century later, the wild wolf returns

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Once a Fast Track, Now a Real Hike to the Top of Mount Beacon

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Exhuming the Leather Man of the Hudson Valley

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

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Archeologists are excavating the recently unearthed foundation of a western New York lighthouse believed to be one of the first built along the Lake Erie shore.

Violent storms have eroded the shoreline and exposed the circular stone and brick base of the lighthouse in Dunkirk, about 53 kilometres southwest of Buffalo. The 18-metre-tall lighthouse was built in 1826 to help guide ships to Buffalo and the western terminus of the Erie Canal, which had opened a year earlier.

The tower was taken down in the 1850s and moved to another location nearby. The original foundation was later covered with soil and its exact location remained a mystery until recent storms washed away an adjacent breakwall. Archeologists have unearthed various artifacts, including porcelain plates and pottery from the 19th century.

Online: http://www.dunkirklighthouse.com

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This convenient pocket-sized book includes descriptions, short histories, and hiking directions to several dozen long-abandoned but still accessible iron mines in northern New Jersey and southern New York.  History & hikers guide to the historic 18th and 19th century iron mines of the NJ/NY Highlands by archeologist Edward Lenik. Over 40 mines in Bergen & Passaic Counties NJ and Orange & Rockland Counties, NY. Many illustrations, photos + maps.
Paperback, 160 pages, isbn 1880775077    (isbn13: 9781880775073)

http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Mine-Trails-Historic-Highlands/dp/1880775077

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mastodonThis gets filed under “things you’ll never find from a car.”

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