Adirondack Hiking Guidelines & Safety Tips

One of the best parts about owning your own piece of the Adirondacks is having a network of hiking trails right in your backyard! Whether it’s a snowshoe trek through the woods or a summertime hike up one of the Adirondack high peaks, it’s important to follow some basic guidelines and safety tips for your wellbeing. As experienced hikers ourselves, below we’ve offered some of our top hiking tips!

Planning Your Adirondack Hike

Sunset on Pilot's KnobPack Your Hiking Bag 
The first rule of planning your hike is to be prepared for any situation! You never know what may arise while out in the wilderness, and a well-stocked hiking bag can safe almost any situation. Consider packing a compass and map (you may not have cell phone reception on the hike), plenty of water, snacks, rain jacket, extra clothing, first-aid kit, flashlight, matches, and a utility knife.

Check Weather Reports 
Sure, Saturdays afternoons are a great day and time to hike, but not when there’s a torrential downpour! When planning your hike, always consult the weather forecast so you’re not stuck in less than ideal and unsafe conditions. This includes the morning of and right before you leave, as Adirondack weather can change on a dime.

Pick A Hike Within Your Skill Level 
Are you a first-time hiker? Make sure you choose a hike that matches your skill level so you don’t overexert yourself. (Or bore you if you’re an experienced hiker!) This flowchart is a great resource for helping select which Adirondack hike is right for you and your experience.

Safety Guidelines While Hiking

Keep to Trails 
Trails are made for a reason. For your own safety and for the safety of the Adirondacks’ natural resources, stick to the trail. Not only will you ensure you won’t get lost or encounter unsafe obstacles, but you’ll also help preserve vegetation and animal habitats.

Hike with a Buddy (or Two!)
Don’t hike alone if it can be avoided. Hiking with others actually decreases your risk of being stranded should a situation (like an injury or unexpected obstacle) occur. If you must hike alone, be sure to at least tell a friend where you’re hiking, and when you’re expected to be back. That way, if they don’t hear from you after a certain time, they can call for help.

Be Willing to Turn Back Around 
Smart hikers know when it’s time to throw in the towel and turn around. If it’s getting late, a member of your hiking party is injured, or a storm rolls in, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Hiking is about the experience of being in nature–not just making the summit–so be prepared and willing to turn back if the need arises.

Seasonal Safety Tips

Winter Hiking
When hiking in the winter months, remember to dress warm, as the Adiondack winter temperatures can go below 0 °F! Layer up to start, as you can always remove articles of clothing if you get too warm. Always bring additional clothes in your pack. Frostbite and hypothermia are real risks out here!

As always, watch out for slippery surfaces, especially ice during winter. And if you have to cross ice during your hike, test its strength with your foot before putting your whole body weight on it.

Summer Hiking 
When hiking in the summer months, hydration is key. The hot and sunny Adirondack days bring high temperatures and lots of sun exposure which can lead to heat stroke and exhaustion.

Thunderstorms also pose a threat. If you see lightning, or the signs of a thunderstorm approaching, stay away from high ground and isolated trees.

 

FAQs About Long Lake

Long view of Long Lake in NYWhether you’re looking for a quiet place to relocate permanently or you’re looking for a quiet place to get away from busy life, Long Lake has you covered. While you look at available properties in the Adirondacks, here are a few frequently asked questions we get about Long Lake and what makes it unique for home and play.

Where is Long Lake?
One of the oldest communities in the Adirondack park, Long Lake is located right in the heart of the Adirondacks just an easy 2-hour drive from Albany. Long Lake is a pristine wilderness playground that has been hosting generations of visitors looking for a quiet place to spend a little time. The lake itself is a widening of the Raquette River and flows north for 14 miles. Father of the Outdoor Movement, W.H.H. Murray once described its beauty by saying, “If you desire to see some of the finest scenery imaginable, pass up the Raquette to Long Lake . . . and you will behold what is worth the entire journey to see.”

When is the best time of year to be in Long Lake?
Long Lake is the ideal destination for the nature lover no matter the time of year. In the summer, you’ll find good company with those who enjoy the great outdoors whether you want to swim in the lake, enjoy a breathtaking view from a seaplane ride, paddle in miles of water, or lounge on the lake’s pristine beaches. If you’re more of a snow bunny, you’ll have easy access to the endless miles of trails in the Adirondack park for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. For summer, winter, or anything in-between travel, Long Lake offers plenty of recreation in the beautiful surroundings it has to offer.

Will my whole family enjoy Long Lake?
If the 14 miles of waterfront beaches aren’t enough to keep your family entertained, there’s always plenty to do on the water. You can strap on the kids’ life vests and learn how to stand up paddle board with them, take a canoe out on the water, or go for a simple swim. If your family is feeling adventurous, you can take a seaplane ride, go rock climbing, or walk out into the beauty of nature on one of several easy, kid-friendly hiking trails. Long Lake also boasts an action-packed activity calendar for residents and visitors alike with nature programs, arts and crafts activities, and live entertainment that’s fun for everyone in the family.

What kind of culture will I find at Long Lake?
If you like to spend time wandering around a museum and taking in the history and culture of a region, Long Lake and its surroundings have plenty to offer. For a look at the history of the Adirondack park as a whole, The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake offers an immersive, hands-on experience with both permanent and rotating collections. The National Historic Landmark, Great Camp Sagamore, was once the wilderness retreat of the Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Open to the public, Great Camp Sagamore offers tours and historic interpretation. These are just a couple of the museums in the Adirondack Park that will occupy your curious mind or keep you busy on a rainy afternoon.

What kind of fun can adults have in Long Lake?
If the outdoors aren’t necessarily your thing or you’ve already visited the nearby museums, there is still plenty to do for adults looking for a low-key way to spend a day. Long Lake and its surroundings boast hundreds of artists and craftsmen who fill local retail establishments with unique goods to make a day of shopping one to remember. If you’re looking for an outfitter for one of your outdoor adventures, you will find several stores that can help you prepare for canoeing, rafting, or any number of outdoor activities. Don’t miss The Wild Center in Tupper Lake!

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, Long Lake has restaurants with every type of fare of steak to seafood to pub fare. What will make your dining experience unique in Long Lake is the quaint and cozy atmosphere, welcoming personality, and elegant ambiance of the Adirondack park.

Whether you’re looking to live in or near Long Lake full time or looking to purchase a little piece of paradise to get away to every now and then, Long Lake has just about everything you could want in amenities as well as natural beauty. Contact us today to talk about any available properties that will check off the boxes on your list.

Adirondack Winter Hike Up Blue Mountain

Blue Mt, located in the geographic center of the Adirondacks, towers as a giant hulk over it’s namesake lake, a beautiful body of water speckled with wooded islands.  The mountain stands at 3750′ in elevation, only a couple of hundred feet shy of a High Peak. The trail to the summit is 2 miles long and a popular destination for summer tourists. I, however, prefer to climb old Blue in the winter, it’s far less crowded and the winter wonderworld above 3000′ is something to behold.

The snow at the upper elevations in the Adirondacks is measured in feet rather than inches. The spruce-fir forest that survives this lofty habitat is caked in snow, to the point where the trees take on otherworldly, eerie shapes.  This white world is dense and claustrophobic, total and utter silence envelopes the intruder. Even wildlife, with the exception of the snowshoe hare, has left for more pleasant territory. This frozen landscape is harsh and wildly spectacular.

Steadily climbing from the trailhead, the summit is gained in an hour more or less. To enjoy the view one must climb the firetower, which does not escape the grip of snow and ice.  From the tower the Adirondack Wilderness spreads out in every direction, with the High Peaks dominating the skyline to the north, Tirrell Pond at the foot of the mountain to the east, the Blue Ridge and West Canada Wildernesses to the south, and Blue Mt Lake, the Eckford Chain, and Raquette to the west. It’s a breathtaking and rugged scene in which I never cease to be amazed at the immensity of it all.

Although likely not to happen, come prepared in case of accident or sudden inclement weather. Snowshoes on the feet are a good idea. A pack loaded with water, food,  flashlight, space blanket, first aid kit, and an extra sweater is good insurance. Come and enjoy, this winter wonderworld offers an experience you won’t soon forget.

2019-2020 Hunting Seasons in the Adirondacks

There’s a reason why hunters love living in the Adirondack Mountains: there’s a vast array of wildlife you can see right from your Adirondack property! As avid hunters ourselves, we know the thrill of the hunt–but you must make sure you’re following New York State law to help conserve Adirondack wildlife for future generations to enjoy. Below, we’ve recapped the NYS Hunting Seasons in the Adirondacks for 2019-2020.

Hunting Seasons in the Adirondack Mountains

Hunting seasons and restrictions in New York State are governed by region. The following are hunting seasons by species for The Adirondack Park only.

Deer

Early Bowhunting (All WMUs): September 27, 2019 – October 25, 2019, sunrise to sunset
Crossbow: October 16, 2019 – October 25, 2019, sunrise to sunset
Regular: October 26, 2019 – December 8, 2019, sunrise to sunset
Late Bowhunting (Only WMUs 5A, 5G, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6G, and 6H): December 9, 2019 – December 15, 2019, sunrise to sunset

Black Bear

Bowhunting: September 14, 2019 – October 25, 2019, sunrise to sunset
Crossbow: October 16, 2019 – October 25, 2019, sunrise to sunset
Muzzleloading: October 19, 2019 – October 25, 2019, sunrise to sunset
Regular: October 26 – December 8, 2019, sunrise to sunset

Turkey

Fall 2019
October 1-14 from sunrise to sunset
Seasonal Bag Limit: 1 bird of either sex

Spring 2020
May 1-31 from one half-hour before sunrise to noon
Seasonal Bag Limit: Two bearded turkeys (one bird per day)

Bobcat

Oct 25, 2019 – Feb 15, 2020, any hour except on opening day must be after sunrise only
Daily Bag Limit: None

Rabbit

October 1, 2019 – March 15, 2020 from sunrise to sunset
Daily Bag Limit: 6

Fox

October 25, 2019 – February 15th, 2020, any hour
Daily Bag Limit: None

Pheasant

October 1st, 2019 – February 29, 2020, sunrise to sunset
Cocks and hens allowed
Daily Bag Limit: 2

Hunt from Your Backyard in Your Own Adirondack Hunting Property!

As hunters ourselves, we know just what features make Adirondack land great for a hunting cabin. We have a handful of properties that would make great hunting land in sought after locations throughout the Adirondacks. Browse our available Adirondack hunting properties today!

Reference: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/huntseason19.pdf

Late Winter Adirondack Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

Depending on how you feel about winter, our Adirondack winters can seem long. However, if your feelings are in the positive, the tail end of the cold season is the best if you like to cover country on snowshoes and skis. By late March the days have grown longer and the sun is higher in the sky, giving even the colder days a feel of real warmth in the late season sun. The snow is at its deepest, and due to thaws and settling, it’s hard packed; making for phenomenal snowshoe trekking and cross country skiing.

It’s a great time to climb the High Peaks or the numerous  smaller mountains that get less use. The deep snow covers boulders and obstacles that otherwise slow travel in the warmer months, say nothing of the mud, which can make for miserable travel in wet times. But remember to always be prepared for fast changing weather at higher altitudes, for winter conditions are surely more dangerous.

Exploring the Adirondack Backcountry

What I enjoy most at this short but marvelous window of winter conditions is to get off the beaten path and explore the Adirondack backcountry with map and compass. A great deal of skill and confidence is needed, but with proper planning one can see hidden ponds, flow-grounds, and trail-less peaks. Gliding across snow pack and ice, one can venture across bogs and wetlands that are impossible any other time of year, giving a unique experience and perspective of the Adirondack wilderness. Some my fondest memories have been traveling across the lonely frozen Adirondack landscape on a sunny day in late March.

Winter Birding in the Adirondacks

With more than 300 avian species, the Adirondack Park is a favorite among bird enthusiasts all year long, but winter offers birders a rare opportunity. After spending much of the year breeding and raising young in the Canadian tundra, several raptors and other birds of prey migrate south to the Adirondacks in the winter to roost and hunt. As a result, many birders flock to the area every winter for a chance to see these birds in the wild.

Here are just a few of the unique raptors and birds of prey you may encounter while winter birding in the Adirondacks.

Snowy Owls

These winter raptors are commonly spotted on the lake shores of the Adirondacks and wide-open grasslands, preferring areas that are low and flat with short plants and grasses and an abundance of small prey. The snowy owl has pure white plumage marked by occasional dark spots, large talons and pointed wings made for speed. With a wing span of approximately 4.5 feet, they are the largest owls in North America. Built to handle the cold weather, the snowy owl is also well insulated, often found sitting on piles of snow to cool off when the temperatures rise.

Short-Eared Owls

Once one of New York’s most common owls, the short-eared owl is now an endangered species. Similar to barn owls, they have beige round facial disks and brown and white mottled plumage. While they no longer breed in the Adirondacks, short-eared owls continue to winter here, and can be found roosting on the ground in large open grassland areas where there is an abundant supply of mice and voles. As the most diurnal species in the Adirondacks, they are most often spotted in the late afternoon, and at dawn or dusk, when they can be seen diving from perches or flying low over the ground in search of prey.

Rough-Legged Hawks

Another irruptive species from Canada, the rough-legged hawk can be found wintering in the Adirondack Park. These dark-brown, boldly patterned hawks are larger than a crow, but slightly smaller than the more common red-tailed hawk. Their “rough legs” are covered in feathers to prevent heat loss in cold environments, and their tails are darker at the tip and lighter at the base. They are often seen perched on fence posts and on the slender branches at the very tops of trees, scanning the ground for lemmings, voles and other small mammals and birds. When they soar, their raise their wings in a slight V-shape.

Own a Piece of the Adirondacks

No matter the season, the Adirondacks offer extraordinary birding in a spectacular setting. And with 6 million acres of wilderness, more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, and thousands of miles of trails, rivers, brooks and streams, birding can be done while hiking, canoeing, camping or even snowshoeing in the Adirondacks.

Interested in buying your own parcel of Adirondack land? View our listings or call us at 518-624-6055. We have choice parcels of Adirondack land for sale near Everton Falls, Long Lake, Owls Head, Quebec Brook, Baldface Mountain, St. Regis Mtn. and more.

 

 

Whiteface Mountain

Whiteface MountainWhiteface Mountain at 4,867’ in elevation is New York’s fifth-highest peak, and bigger sister peak to adjacent Esther Mountain. Named for it’s signature snowy peaks ten months out of the year, Whiteface is perhaps most famous for hosting the alpine skiing competitions of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Whiteface’s east slope is home to the Whiteface Ski Center, still just as popular today for amateur and professional skiers alike. Just 10 miles north of Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain is a popular day trip destination for upstate tourists.

Unique to the rest of the Adirondack High Peaks, Whiteface’s summit is completely accessible by car—how easy is that?! Take a drive on Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway, opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, to lead you directly to the developed summit. Once you’re there, savor the gourmet rustic cuisine at the peak’s Castle Cafe restaurant, pick up a souvenir from the gift shop, or take an elevator ride deep inside the mountain to the mountain’s highest point and take in the expansive 360-degree view of the neighboring Adirondack mountains (and even as far as Vermont and Montreal on a clear day)!

Just a short drive from your Adirondack property, there’s no other Adirondack High Peak quite like Whiteface Mt. With its easily accessible breathtaking views and summit activities, you’ll be satisfied visit after visit.

Owls Head – Duane Region of the Northern Adirondacks

Located in the northern Adirondacks, the Owls Head– Duane region is a hidden gem. Characterized by picturesque lakes and ponds, wilderness rivers, and mountain peaks, this area is little visited and known compared to the more popular areas of the Adirondack Park to the south. The additional hour or more of travel time from the High Peaks or central Adirondacks filters out most would-be visitors from areas outside the Park. This translates into paddling miles of waterways or summiting open mountain peaks that you have all to yourself. The roadways are quiet and the local folks are friendly. If you are in the market for Adirondack land, the real estate prices are much cheaper than the Saranac-Placid, central Adirondack markets. The price for a piece of acreage may be 50-75% cheaper than comparable acreages 1/2 hour to the south.

This is truly a beautiful region. Here are some of the highlights:

– Mountain View-Indian Lakes, Debar Pond, and Deer River Flow offer great boating, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife viewing in very picturesque settings.

– Owls Head, Baldface Mt, and Loon Lake Mts have open summits with breathtaking views of this unspoiled region stretching all the way to the High Peaks.

–  The Salmon River, Hatch Brook, Deer River, and the St Regis River offer wilderness paddling experiences and brook trout fishing.

–  Debar Mt Wild Forest, Titusville State Forest, and the Santa Clara, Sable Highlands Conservation Easements consists of hundreds of thousands of acres of public land open for hunting, fishing, hiking, and exploration.

– The area is very friendly to snowmobile and ATV use, with easy access to maintained trails.

– Titus Mt Ski Area is nearby, a family oriented ski center.

–  The village of Malone is less than 1/2 hour away, with shopping, restaurants, hardware and lumber stores, and a hospital.

–  The Canadian cities of Montreal and Ottawa are only about a 2 hour drive.

Please take the time to visit this truly unique and gorgeous region of the Northwoods. If you are interested in Adirondack land for sale or would like someone to introduce you to the area, we would be more than happy to meet you.

Large Adirondack Acreage Properties for 2018

 In addition to the growing inventory and variety of Adirondack land parcels we have on the market, we at Adirondack Mt Land will be adding some large acreage properties to our selection.  What is so unique about these new properties is that they lay in the midst of the most beautiful part of the vast Adirondack region, offering tremendous views of the rugged High Peaks region. Characteristic of our company name, these properties are true mountain landscapes, with ridge tops, rocky peaks, and beautiful valleys. The properties are also very usable, with gentle building sites on elevated knolls offering incredible mountain views from your would-be cabin porch. There are also trails throughout for hiking, skiing, or even ATV access. The lands are also prime whitetail deer and black bear habitat, in some cases bordering public land, making for ideal hunting. The properties are also reasonably priced at between $700- $1300/acre.

So here we go, our exciting selection of Adirondack Acreage. Update: All the following properties have sold. Please follow this link to find available land.

 

# 1 – 132 Acres in the Town of Westport– $169,000  SOLD

This incredible acreage has been on the market since fall and would not only make a great location for a camp, but with public road frontage and power available, an ideal homestead. Located between the edge of the High Peaks Region and Lake Champlain, there are endless opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, etc. There are two mild ridges on the property that offer views in every direction, including Lake Champlain and the Green Mts, and the High peaks of the Adirondacks. The oak ridge tops are excellent habitat for deer.

 

# 2-  272 Acres- Town of Jay- $199,000  SOLD

This is THE Adirondack land if you are looking for a remote wild setting for a wilderness cabin. The land is at the end of a private road, located about a mile from the end of the maintained public road. There is a cabin site with an incredible view sweeping from the High Peaks to Whiteface Mt.  Ridge top trails offer access to additional views of mountain peaks, including the Jay Mt Wilderness. The property borders an additional 600 acres of public land.

 

 

# 3 – 150 Acres- Loon Lake- $179,000  SOLD

This property has it all- a cabin site with views of Whiteface Mt, a stream that is canoeable to the Kushaqua Canoe Route, deeded access to private beach and launch on Loon Lake, a mountain top ledge with views to the High Peaks, and it is surrounded by the 19,000 acre Kushuqua Conservation Easement, which is open to hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.

 

# 4 – 290 Acres- Black Brook- $225,000  SOLD

This large parcel of land features a variety of terrain which goes from level, rolling land with intermittent streams and beaver ponds to the rugged cone of Mitchell Mt. The property fronts on a town road and also has an interior road that leads to a cabin site with panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mts. From the top of Mitchell Mt there are commanding views of the Jay Mt Range and the High Peaks. This is an excellent hunting property.

 

# 5 –  150 Acres- Flagstaff Mt- $119,000 SOLD

This 150 acre parcel is beautiful Adirondack mountain property located near Lake Champlain, and is excellent deer hunting. The property includes the peak of Flagstaff Mt and it’s flanking ridge of open rock, meadows, and oak. Outstanding views of lake Champlain, the Green Mts, Auger Lake, and the High Peaks.

 

Wildlife as Seen From Your Adirondack Property: An Overview

The Adirondack Mountains are home to a vast array of wildlife, from tiny chipmunks and moles to massive moose, cougars and black bears. Birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects abound in the Adirondacks, making the region an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts of all passions and pursuits.

The Adirondack Park’s 6.1 million protected acres include more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats, including wetlands and old-growth forests, so there are endless locations to explore. The animals you encounter will vary according to the place and time of year, but some of the creatures you may find include:

Adirondack Moose
These majestic and iconic animals, which can stand more than six feet tall and weigh more than a half ton, are the largest land mammals in New York State. They are slowly repopulating the region after overhunting and deforestation decimated their numbers over the last two centuries, and it is now a misdemeanor to kill a moose in New York. They are most active at dusk and dawn, and moose sightings often occur in the fall, during the mating season.

Bald Eagles
Another rare sight, bald eagles do exist in the Adirondacks, after disappearing from the area during the 1960s but then making a resurgence from the 1970s onward. They are a protected species on New York States “threatened” list, but continue to multiply within the Adirondack Park. These incredible birds, which can live 20 to 25 years, are sea denizens that primarily prey upon fish, small waterfowl and other water-centric wildlife. Popular local areas to observe them include Schroon Lake, Lake George’s Long Island, Anthony’s Nose and Kitchel Bay, and Ausable Point in Peru.

Adirondack wildlife: loonLoons
One of the most readily recognized waterfowl breeds that inhabit the Adirondacks are loons, known as the “spirit of Northern Waters,” which breed in the region and winter in open lakes and along the coast. Its distinctive call has become an inseparable aspect of the Adirondacks’ charm, most frequently heard near nesting areas and by wintering places in late winter and early spring.

Whitetail Deer
A common Adirondack denizen—and frequent prize of hunters—is the whitetail deer, recognized by the characteristic white underside of its tail, which it raises when alarmed to warn a predator that it has been detected. They are often found on the edges of forests and in open areas by roadways, farm fields or waterways, and can usually be spotted year-round in the early morning or early evening. They’re incredibly agile, able to swim, run up to 35 to 40 miles per hour, and jump over an eight-foot fence.

Black Bears
You’re more likely to come across a black bear in the Adirondacks than anywhere else in New York State, as an estimated 50% to 60% of the state’s 6,000 to 8,000 black bears live in the Adirondacks. They’re massive animals, with adult males averaging 300 pounds and females averaging 170 pounds. They hibernate during the winter, but can be found other times in areas increasingly close to human populations. Relatively intelligent, many have learned to seek out human food, and may be found rummaging through trash cans, bird feeders and hen houses in areas where homes meet forest.

Striped Skunks
Roughly the size of house cats, striped skunks are a very common Adirondack creature immediately recognized by its black fur and bright V-shaped white stripe, as well as the pungent defensive spray they emit when threatened. They inhabit open areas like pastures and fields, but are also fond of shady residential areas with plush lawns. Skunks are nocturnal and hunt in the evening for nuts, grasses, berries, insects, grubs, worms, rabbits and other small animals, and are quite fearless, so it’s best to avoid them or risk being sprayed.

Peregrine Falcons
These hunting birds are famous for their unbelievable speed, reaching up to 180 mph when chasing prey. After dying off in the 20th century due to the pesticide DDT, a ban on the substance in 1971 spurred a slow regrowth of populations in the Adirondacks. As of 2015, there were 15 confirmed active nesting pairs in the Adirondack Mountains and along Lake Champlain and Lake George. An average of 1.2 young/breeding pairs were produced by those 15 pairs.

Eastern Coyotes
Smaller than wolves but similar in terms of their dog-like appearance, coyotes average between four and five feet in length and between 35 and 45 pounds in weight. These pack animals have steadily grown in number in the area since the 1930s, generally preferring to remain in wooded areas. They don’t usually become aggressive with humans, but have been known to make meals of small pets left outside unprotected.

Fishers
Also known as the fisher cat, fishers are a medium-sized member of the weasel family. Males average a length of 35 to 47 inches, weighing seven to 13 pounds, while females average 30 to 37 inches, weighing only three to seven pounds. Their most recognizable features include a broad head, narrow muzzle and long, bushy tail. They are predators with sharp, retractable claws, and are skilled hunters, notorious for their ability to hunt porcupines. They mainly prey on smaller creatures like rabbits, squirrels, mice and birds, but are omnivores willing to also eat beechnuts, acorns, apples and berries. They make their dens in natural cavities, like trees, logs and rocky outcroppings.