Wolves, Wolves, and more Wolves!
Wow! What a winter we’ve been having for spotting wolves! We had another school group up on a winter adventure program last week. The first night we took them out onto the lake to play some games, and then to do a wolf howl. Almost immediately we got a response. It sounded like a lone wolf in the distance to the north of us. It’s an eerie sound, especially when you are standing in the dark out on the ice. And the ice is rumbling and creaking beneath your feet….
The next day we took the group on a guided snowshoe hike. I decided to go follow the river, as we had seen a lot of tracks in that area, and I had heard wolves from that direction only a couple of days ago. Traipsing through the snow on snowshoes with 17 people behind you is NOT the best way to see wildlife, but we did find lots of evidence. Scats, tracks, and even the remains of a kill! All that was left was the stomach lining of a deer, and bits of fur. Now I thought that this was pretty cool, and I was feeling pretty proud of myself for having been able to follow tracks back to find a kill site. But instead of the response I was expecting of “oh cool – that’s wicked!” what I got was “ewww – that’s gross!” Oh well, I guess I shouldn’t expect so much from a bunch of 16 year old girls from the city….
The next day while the girls were going dog sledding we decided to check the photos on our trail camera. No wonder we’d been seeing and hearing evidence of wolves! This is the first time we’ve got a photo of three wolves in the same shot. The camera is located on our main trail, only about 800m from the Lodge. The wolves know we’re there but they don’t seem to mind. But, it’s a very visual reminder of why we can’t allow people to bring their pets. They may “enter” the food chain, like two of our cats did previously.