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Lone wolf reportedly chasing snowmobilers

Post by Koa » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:21 pm

Article by: Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune
Updated: March 4, 2015 - 12:02 AM



A lone wolf that has followed several snowmobilers in Voyageurs National Park has prompted park officials to close and reroute small sections of trails there.

Normally, a wolf wouldn’t get close to humans, which makes the behavior odd, according to park officials and a top wolf researcher. The trail changes are being done to protect visitors and the wolf, said park Superintendent Mike Ward.

The wolf, who appears to be alone and without a pack, trailed or ran alongside the snowmobilers in three separate incidents over a 10-day period in the park’s Ash River area, Ward said. The wolf sightings were within a mile of one another near a junction of three trails in the 218,000-acre park along the U.S. and Canadian border, he said.
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Re: Lone wolf reportedly chasing snowmobilers

Post by valkea » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:13 pm

Heh, just got the adorable image of a wolf following snowmobilers around like an excited, friendly dog when I read the title. "HELLO FRIEND! Nice day we're having!"
Hopefully Mech is correct in his guess and the wolf is healthy, if naive. Hopefully it isn't doing it in aggression, either. No one described the behavior as aggressive but, who knows how accurate their descriptions are?
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Re: Lone wolf reportedly chasing snowmobilers

Post by Koa » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:45 am

I would certainly be alarmed. It might be a younger or more "naive" wolf, but taking precautions are best when you don't know the state of the animal.


It looks like they searched for the animal, but could not find it.

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Re: Lone wolf reportedly chasing snowmobilers

Post by firedog6 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:19 pm

Maybe it was a long lost wolf hybrid :?:
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Re: Lone wolf reportedly chasing snowmobilers

Post by Koa » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:39 pm

firedog6 wrote:Maybe it was a long lost wolf hybrid :?:
Given that they could not find the wolf, I suppose that's something that cannot be ruled out. Still, they did not find anything -- hybrid or not.
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Re: Lone wolf reportedly chasing snowmobilers

Post by TheInfinite » Thu May 14, 2015 7:47 pm

It sure would be interesting to be tailed by a wolf on a snowmobile. What really surprises me is that a wolf could keep up with one, I'd imagine snowmobiles being able to travel quite quickly. And those tourists seem pretty luck not to have lost a finger or boot to a playful or curious wolf. Nonetheless, quite the interesting story!
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Re: Lone wolf reportedly chasing snowmobilers

Post by Nordue » Sat May 16, 2015 5:58 pm

  • Wolves have paws with 'webbed' toes that allow them a reasonable amount of surface area on snow, such that they don't sink into it as much as say a human's feet would. And four legs are better than two at bounding through drifts and distributing weight. With that said, a snowmobile could outspeed a wolf in the right conditions.

    It would probably be a memorable experience to be tailed by a wolf, until the risk of the situation hits home anyway!

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Re: Lone wolf reportedly chasing snowmobilers

Post by pyrate » Sun May 31, 2015 4:07 pm

    • if dogs chase cars then wolves can chase snowmobiles. although i think being alarmed to see a wolf chasing you is a bit of an understatement, hopefully both wolf and people are alright.
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