NY offers free Adirondack snowmobiling map
ALBANY (AP) — The state is offering a free map showing more than 10,000 miles of groomed and back country snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks and northern New York.
Popular snowmobiling areas include the Moose River Plains in the southwestern Adirondacks and the Tug Hill region farther west.
According to the state tourist office, trail markers designate routes open to sledders.
Much of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
For more information, visit http://visitadirondacks.com/brochures/free-sled-map.
Cock-A-Doodle-Shoe race set for Jan. 18 at New Land Trust
SARANAC — The Cock-A-Doodle-Shoe 5k & 10k Snowshoe race will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday Jan. 18 at the New Land Trust in Saranac.
The event, presented by DION Snowshoes, is one of the Northeast’s regional qualifiers for the 2014 USSSA National Snowshoe Championships held in Bennington, Vt. The race makes use of rolling trails that cover most of the New Land Trust’s 287 scenic acres.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the New Land Trust, a non-governmental, nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining the property for health of the environment and the enjoyment of the public, a press release states.
Visit http://www.newlandtrust.org for more information.
Adk Mountain Club Algonquin Chapter to meet Feb. 14
PLATTSBURGH — The public is invited to join the Algonquin Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, for the group’s program and meeting in the second floor meeting room of the Old Clinton County Courthouse on the corner of Margaret and Court streets in Plattsburgh.
Gary Peacock will present “Paddling an Highway: Old Forge to Saranac Lake.” This past August, Peacock followed the route of early Adirondack settlers, sportsmen, writers and philosophers, and will offer up a slightly different slant on the famous route that is well-known as “paddling the 90-miler.” His presentation will include a slideshow and details from his paddle as well as insights from Adirondack icons from the pre-Great Camp era of the mid-19th century.
A business meeting will follow the presentation at 8 p.m. Both the program and meeting are free and open to the public.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife says 2013 was a good turkey year
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Last year was a good one for the Vermont’s turkey population and the hunters who sought them, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says.
A record 6,968 turkeys were taken by hunters last year during Vermont’s three turkey hunting seasons — the spring youth hunt, the regular May spring season, and the fall turkey hunt.
Young turkey hunters led by experienced hunters in the special spring youth hunting season took 782 bearded turkeys, which are almost always males.
During the regular May turkey season hunters took 5,580 bearded turkeys. The October-November season saw hunters take 606 turkeys of either sex, which is lower than the 2012 total.
But the three-season total was the highest since Vermont’s wild turkey population was restored in the early 1970s
Biologists estimate the number of wild turkey in the state increased last year to an estimated 45,000 to 60,000 turkeys. The increase allowed the expansion of turkey hunting opportunities. Hunters may now take three turkeys each year statewide.
Wild turkeys were reintroduced to Vermont in 1969. They disappeared from the state in the 1800s.
Plattekill hunter pleads guilty in friend’s shooting death
GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A hunter who accidentally shot and killed a friend while they were stalking deer in Orange County has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.
Guy Wensley, of Plattekill, entered the plea Friday at a county court in Goshen.
The Times Herald-Record reports that the 40-year-old shot close friend Timothy Evans in autumn 2012. The two had split up. Evans was wearing camouflage. Wensley saw something moving, thought his friend might be a deer, and fired.
The judge imposed a sentence that won’t require Wensley to serve jail time.
Ohio wants to remove bobcats from threatened species list
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State wildlife officials are asking to remove the bobcat from Ohio’s threatened species list.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has put the proposal before the Ohio Wildlife Council.
Bobcats were placed on Ohio’s first endangered species list 40 years ago. They were moved to the threatened list in 2012 because the number of verified sightings has been increasing.
State officials say the bobcat was one of 71 species on Ohio’s first endangered list in 1974. But the bobcat population began to rebound in the 1970s.
The state says Ohio’s bobcats are still a protected species and that they’re not allowed to be hunted.
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the proposed rules and regulations of the Department of Natural Resources’ wildlife division.
New Mexico to relocate nearly 200 pronghorn
CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — State wildlife officials plan to capture and relocate almost 200 pronghorn from a northern New Mexico ranch.
Game and Fish Department officials say the animals similar to antelopes will be herded, corralled and transported from a private ranch near Cimarron that has been experiencing damage to irrigated cropland.
The department will relocate most of the pronghorn to national forest land near Fort Stanton and to Bureau of Land Management land northwest of Roswell.
A small number also will go to Arizona so they can augment herds with declining populations.
In exchange, Arizona will provide New Mexico with 60 Gould’s Turkeys to add to flocks in mountains in southern Hidalgo County.
Before being transported, the pronghorn will be vaccinated and fitted with radio collars.