I caught up with Gregg Burdo, our Vietnam veteran living in the woods of Queensbury, last week and found him doing well, and getting ready for colder weather.

I hadn't seen him for a few weeks, as each time I stopped by he was out and about. He has re-arranged his camp a bit, as he digs out his winter clothing. 

He had some interesting stories about raccoon and skunk encounters in his camp, as the wildlife likes to forage cat food. Poppy, the biggest of his cats, chases the raccoons off, including one encounter where a raccoon came in Burdo's shelter to eat.

North Shore Animal League continues to help with his cats, but people continue to drop off cats near his wooded area, knowing that there is a population of feral felines there. One that was left recently was pregnant, and gave birth to kittens that were in his shelter with their mother the day I stopped by.

He was able to attend his local 50th high school reunion earlier this summer, and was amazed at how many people had read the articles about him. I told him I got a call from an old girlfriend of his who lives out west and had come across the first article online, and he got a good laugh out of it.

I made sure he knew that there were a lot of people who would help him get in an apartment for the winter if he was interested, but he said he has done this for so long, he wasn't concerned.

He has been interested in getting a camera to take pictures of life in his encampment, so I am going to take him an old digital camera and show him how to use it.

-- Don Lehman



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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