Have you ever wondered what it's like being a lone wolf in the wild? Well, now you will be able to see first-hand what it's like, thanks to the folks at Voyageurs Wolf Project in northwest Minnesota. The team placed a Vectronic Aerospace collar camera around a lone wolf's neck to give us a tour of his wild territory.
During the project, it was clear that the wolf went out roaming for food most of the time. Although the wolf's long hair obstructed a bit of the view, this was the first time any such footage was captured in such a unique way.
"We are very excited to share the first-ever camera collar footage from a wild wolf to our knowledge. We hope you enjoy seeing the world from a wolf's point of view! Up to this point, we had only documented wolves from a single pack (the Bowman Bay Pack) hunting and killing fish at the same small creek. However, this footage clearly demonstrates that other wolves in our area know how to hunt fish, and they do so in different areas."
The Voyageurs Wolf Project partnered up with the University of Minnesota. They started out a cooperative project between Voyageurs National Park and Northern Michigan University to study the summer feeding habits of these magnificent wild wolves.
"Our goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the summer ecology of wolves in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem in northern Minnesota. Specifically, we want to understand the predation behaviour and reproductive ecology (e.g. number of pups born, where wolves have dens etc) of wolves during the summer."