Wolves has always been one of the most mysterious yet fascinating animals known to man. For many years researchers have studied these animals and yet there are still a huge knowledge gap on their personalities and instincts due to the limitations of studying wolves during the summer.
One of the biggest questions in wolf ecology is what do they eat and do during the summer in forested ecosystems? Fortunately, the Voyageurs Wolf Project has provided an answer to the question with the help of their advanced GPS-tracking technology and remote video cameras. With the tracking and videos, the Voyageurs Wolf Project got a closer look at the summer ecology of wolves in northern Minnesota.
Not only has the GPS-collars revealed what wolves are eating, but also where they are killing prey and the locations of den sites. This researched has revealed how variable a wolf’s diet is during summer times and revealed new aspects of their hunting behaviour.
Research has shown that wolves hunt together in packs during the winter to kill much larger prey such as moose and deer. Spring is known for the time when new wolf pups are born, which means during this time wolves become more solitary predators. Wolves primarily hunt and kill small prey such as deer fawns and beavers during summer as they are returning to and from the den between hunting bouts.
However the predation behaviour of wolves during summer and how these habits affect the pup’s survival is still a subject that is poorly understood due to the lack of research and due to visibility because of dense vegetation.
Take a look at the interesting wild live video. In this video you can observe animals on a quiet forest trail over the course of an entire year.
The Voyageurs Wolf Project team filmed a popular wolves game trail in Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park from June of 2019 to August 2020. A variety of animals can be seen throughout the day and night in both spring greenery and winter snow.