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We've seen Shaquille O'Neal dominate the basketball court, but can he tame the Adirondack wilderness? Tune in to NBC's "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" this coming Monday and find out if Shaq has the skills to survive the Adirondacks!

Last year, one of the most iconic animals in the Adirondacks, the moose, was at the center of a trademark lawsuit between two brewing companies - Lake George's Adirondack Pub & Brewery and Canadian company Moosehead Breweries. The lawsuit was filed by Moosehead Breweries, and now, the battle over the use of the moose has been brought to a Syracuse court!

Over the past month, development of the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Newcomb-Minerva snowmobile trail has stalled due to legal issues. Although the DEC was able to resume work last week, as of August 19, logging and work will be suspended until New York's Appellate Division, Third Department decides to issue an official injunction or not. Here's the latest on this continuing story.

Last month, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was forced to temporarily halt development of a new snowmobile trail between Newcomb and Minerva due to an injunction. However, a New York State Supreme Court decision on August 12 rejected the injunction, and now the DEC will be able to resume work on the trail.

Reintroduce cougars into this state, and human lives will be saved - does that sound like a crazy notion? It's actually not! 

Wildlife scientists recently conducted a study that sheds light on the potential benefits of allowing this animal to once again thrive in the Northeast and surrounding states.

Back in 2015, the Adirondack Park Agency approved of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Community Connector Trail Plan, which involves connecting the Towns of Newcomb and Minerva through a new snowmobile trail. Although the DEC has worked on the trail as recently as July 2016, an injunction has halted all tree cutting and construction for the time being.

Since 2002, the invasive emerald ash borer has made its way from southeastern Michigan to New York State. The jewel beetle infests and kills ash trees, and the population is now dangerously close to groves of white ash in the southern Adirondacks that are used to produce an iconic baseball bat.

Photo Credit: Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
New York's hunting and trapping seasons are on their way, and if you haven't heard, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is already selling sporting licenses and Deer Management Permits for 2016-17. If you want to purchase your first license, then you should be aware of the new addition to the required sporting education courses.

It may have been a while since you've read or heard about one of the most recognizable invasives in the Adirondacks -- the gypsy moth. A destructive force in the 1980s, this voracious moth has already caused high defoliation in the Northeast and reached population levels not seen in three decades!

Photo Credit: NY Department of Environmental Conservation
While it's always fun to take a walk through a park, it can be just as nice to stick around and relax for a bit. Over in Warrensburg, you'll be able to do both in three different spots along Water Street - at Cal Engle Park, a Healing Garden, and Duck Park - once the park projects are complete.