Migration is a fundamental part of life and an annual routine for most animals. Humpback and killer whales travel thousands of Kilometres in search of food, while tigers can travel hundreds of kilometres in search of mates. Many animals, including mountain lions and other species living in North America, sense a human's touch in their wild possessions. Grey wolves are also great travellers. According to its GPS collar, a lone wolf recently set a shocking record by walking 4,200 miles across the Great Lakes region. This journey lasted 18 months.
Grey wolves, an umbrella species with many species around the world, are migratory by nature. Males particularly like to disperse and search for their territory. On June 21, 2021, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources collared a male wolf in the state's Upper Peninsula. This is a practice they have been using since 1992 to learn more about this species and monitor their welfare. However, this 92 kg wolf took them on a 1.5 year journey that surpassed anything they had seen before.
First, the wolf ran south to Wisconsin for the summer. It then traversed the northern portion of the state before entering Minnesota south of Lake Superior. The mammal then looped around in a figure eight and dove into North Dakota before crossing through Minnesota again. From there he made his way to Ontario, Canada via Voyagers National Park.