Ice fishing is likely one of the calmest sports a person can choose to do. Watching wolves hunt is not.
Ice fishing involves standing on cold ice out in the middle of some kind of body of water. As with all fishing, peacefulness and tranquility are a part of the enjoyment.
However, for an ice fisherman in Ontario, he likely experienced more excitement while fishing than he’s ever had. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fish, though.
ER nurse Ryan Thorburn was out ice fishing in Heyden, Ontario last week. He was calling it a day and packing up his gear when suddenly he saw a coyote running in the distance.
However, the coyote was not alone. Close behind were two wolves chasing the coyote.
It’s hard to trust wild wolves, especially in the middle of a hunt. Reasonably so, the situation frightened Ryan.
“They ran right past me, the one right in front of me you see in the video, then the second wolf behind me. The one behind me stopped and stared at me. It did frighten me because I don’t trust wolves. This was definitely a surreal experience,” Thorburn said to MLive.
To further upset the wolves, Thorburn decided he was going to defy the food chain for one day and let the coyote live. He used his snowmobile, which caused the animals to all scatter in different directions.
“They did get the pounce on the coyote, however, my snowmobile did scare them. The wolves then went one way and the coyote went another,” Thorburn said to MLive.
However, the coyote was injured and limping.
From ice hunting to being in the middle of a wolf hunt, it was an ice fishing experience like no other.
Wolves in Minneapolis
It’s not uncommon to spot a wolf or hear it’s distant howl if you’re in the right area.
However, it can be rare to spot the wild animals anywhere near a large and bustling city.
Two wolves, a male and a female, lived 20 miles away from Minneapolis in a nature reserve close to homes, people, and traffic. They thrived there for three years and eventually, the pack grew to 19.
The wolves started to prey on animals nearby. This meant cows and many dogs. Eventually, the Fish and Wildlife team stepped in and started killing some of the wolves.
The wolves in the area moved on or were eventually killed off. It is a common story of what happens when wildlife gets too close to humans.