Born: c. 1897

Died: December 5, 1951

Married: Louise Leser

Children: Fredrica, known as Fifi

Felix Leser was the proprietor of Howling Dog Farm on Kiwassa road. Some of the farm's holdings consisted of animals and Mr. Leser kept three dogsled teams.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 2, 1942

The first brood of peacocks believed to have been born in Saranac Lake put in their appearance at the Howling Dog farm of Felix Leser of this village. The new brood included four pure whites, considered quite rare, and a blue one. The parents of the birds were from India.

Lake Placid News, July 25, 1941


Felix Lesser, owner of the Howling Dog farm at Saranac Lake, recently opened as an animal display, has invited the 16 members of the Fresh Air group now in Lake Placid to visit his north country zoo from 2 to 5 p. m. on Friday. The group will join the fresh air children of Saranac Lake while viewing the animals.

Lake Placid News, December 14, 1951

Felix Leser, Dog Show Judge, Takes Own Life

Felix A. Leser, former resident of Saranac Lake and nationally known dog show judge, died Wednesday, December 5, in Baltimore, Md., of self-inflicted bullet wounds.

Mr. Leser, who was 54 years old, ended his life in his Roland Park, Md., home. He had been under treatment for tuberculosis for years and recently bad been in exceptionally poor health.

In 1929 Leser moved to the Adirondacks, organizing a private zoo, Howling Dog Farm, at Saranac Lake. He closed the farm at the beginning of World War II. He returned to Baltimore in 1946, and became the Baltimore zoo's first paid director. He held the directorship briefly in 1946 and then retired because of illness.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, January 21, 1977

'Mush,' old cry in Tri-Lakes

Felix Leser, who was in the area to cure, used to have a beautiful team, according to Tom Cantwell who sometimes drove them. Leser lived at Howling Dog Farms and used to send his Siberian huskies out dressed in pompons and ribbons.