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Close Encounters of the Furred Kind, Part 2

This summer, dozens of hikers in the Adirondacks have had close encounters with black bears. The animals are looking for picnic baskets, not prey, but state forest rangers worry that inexperienced campers could get hurt. In this second of a two-part series, Brian Mann joined a hunt organized to identify and tag the most aggressive bears.  Go to full article

Close Encounter of the Furred Kind

Brian Mann has a close encounter with bears that have been making the Adirondack wilderness experience more dramatic than many campers want.  Go to full article

Bear Troubles in the Adirondacks

The black bear problem continues in the High Peaks. A safe visit is still possible, but campers need good information and the proper equipment. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Summit Stewards Teach Hikers Alpine Conservancy

Brian Mann sends this report from the top of Alonguin Mountain in the Adirondack High Peaks. There, the "Summit Stewards" are teaching backpackers how to travel lightly.  Go to full article

Lower Wolfjaw: Avoiding the High Peaks Crowds

Brian Mann sends an audio postcard from Lower Wolfjaw Mountain in the High Peaks. Brian looks at the ways that hikers are are avoiding crowds in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

A Spring Morning Walk, With Birds

Brian Mann takes an early morning spring walk in the woods, and found dozens of kinds of birds that call the mountains home.  Go to full article

Bears and Backpackers in Co-habitation

This summer, tens of thousands of hikers and campers will flock to the eastern High Peaks. Waiting for them will be a small group of aggressive black bears. The animals have learned to see campsites and backpacks as a prime source of food. Forest rangers say the risk of a life-threatening encounter is growing. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Lake Colden Cabin: A Vital Tool for Search-and-Rescues

When state officials announced that a new cabin was being built on Lake Colden, in the High Peaks, the decision was controversial. That part of the Adirondacks is a designated "wilderness area". By law, that means human structures should be kept to a minimum. Supporters of the new cabin argued that it would be a vital tool for rangers and ski patrols who work in the back country. That claim was born out this winter. The Lake Colden outpost was used as a base of operations in two successful searches. Brian Mann visited Lake Colden in the fall, as construction was winding down. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Study Values Adirondack Tourism

A new study by SUNY Potsdam professor John Omohundro concludes that hikers, paddlers, and mountain bikers contribute millions in tourist dollars to the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Lost Hikers Describe Struggle to Survive Blizzard

Yesterday, a state police helicopter flew two Canadian hikers to a hospital in Saranac Lake. The men were lost in the High Peaks for four days. They faced a fierce winter storm and sub-zero temperatures. As Brian Mann reports, there were times when the hikers thought they wouldn't survive.  Go to full article

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