The Grey Wolf will officially be removed from the federally endangered species list on January 27th 2012. There may acutally be a managed hunting season as early as the fall of 2012. While I love wolves and am glad they were protected for many years – I do believe the herd has overgrown the area and will look forward to a managed hunt.
Wolf sightings are no longer rare occassions in our neck of the woods. Over the past couple years I have seen them on our property, and even seen packs on the Gunflint Trail. I’ve also heard of pack sightings in the surrounding woods.
Wolf/Deer Kills are a fairly common occurance here – but not by cars. Today while the boys were out having Airsoft gun wars in the campground with friends, they spotted a fresh kill on the ice out front of Campsite 4 on the freshly formed ice. Par for the course Sota and Shadow scavagened a leg. One of the few remaining parts left behind by the wolves.
Neighbors have reported seeing a mangy wolf along the south shore. A guest reported seeing a wolf cross the lake carrying a stick. I’m thinking it wasn’t a stick, but another leg. Thus is life in the northwoods.