If you've ever wondered just what Minnesota's wild wolves do out in the wilderness, check out this amazing new video and see for yourself.
I've always been fascinated by wolves. It probably stems from the fact that, like many of us, I'm a big fan of dogs. And wolves, of course, are similar to our familiar canine friends-- but with a much more wild, mysterious side.
And, of course, here in Minnesota (where our professional National Basketball Team is even named after them), wolves are making a comeback. In fact, they've been prevalent enough that the Voyageurs Wolf Project has been able to study several and came up with some fascinating research.
In case you've never heard of the Voyageurs Wolf Project, their Facebook page describes them like this: The Voyageurs Wolf Project studies wolves and their prey (moose, deer, and beavers) during the summer in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem, which includes the area in and around Voyageurs National Park, in northern Minnesota.
And recently, they were able to outfit one particular grey wolf (a lone wolf the projected has cataloged as 'V089') with a Vectronic-Aerospace camera collar and just posted the amazing video on their Facebook page. It shows what the northern Minnesota wilderness looks like, all from a wolf's point of view-- and it's fascinating!
A few years ago, we put up a webcam in our living room that allows us to take a look at our three cats and Cattle Dog, Asher, when we're not home-- to give us a sneak peak of what they really do when we're not home. (And what they do, by the way, is pretty much take a nap-- All. The. Time.)
But THIS footage of V089 is pretty cool. The VWP says the cam collar recorded 30 seconds of video at the start of each hour during the day, meaning they collected about 7 minutes of video each day he was wearing the collar. You'll see him hunting and fishing along the Ash River in northern Minnesota, as well as interacting with other wolves. Check out the video below!
As I said before, wolves seem so similar to our domesticated pet dogs-- heck, my sister's dog is often mistaken for a wolf. They're wild and regal when they're grown, and they're also incredibly cute when they're pups. Just like our dogs. And if you, like me, didn't get your dog when they were a puppy, keep scrolling to see what they might have looked like when they were that young!