Wildlife enthusiasts and animal lovers can now see the world from an all-new perspective. For the first time ever, researchers have released footage of life through the eyes of a wild wolf.
Footage from Animal’s Perspective
According to Wildlife.org, researchers last year attached a camera to a wild wolf’s collar. The amazing predator then lived out its normal life wandering around Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park. The animal is part of the Bowman Bay Pack.
Voyageur’s National park has over 120,000 acres of land, meaning there’s plenty of forest habitat for wolves. Specifically, the Gray Wolf calls the area home. It also happens to be the primary predator in the area and feeds on deer, moose, and beaver. There are about 30 to 50 wolves, made up of six to nine packs, present in the national park, according to NPS.
With an abundant and healthy population known to populate the area, researchers finally got to share what daily life looks like for these predators. The amazing video shows the wolf as it survives in the wild. A part of the clip shows the animal fishing in a local creek for food. This helped document what kind of diet the predators of the area feed on, which includes freshwater fish.
Besides preying on animals like deer, the wolf is more than capable of getting in the water and catching a snack. A portion of the video does show the predator chowing down on the leftovers from large bones, which clearly were not from a fish.
However, the wild animal was constantly going back to the river and creek for fresh water and consistent food.
The Voyageurs Wolf Project has been going on since 2012 in a partnership between the park and the University of Minnesota. The research looks at the number of packs, the individuals in the pack, and works to understand why these mighty animals of the area die. The project hooked up the GPS collars to a variety of different wolves.
There are a number of different videos available here that show wolves on trail cameras instead. From eating some blueberries to altering wetlands to living on a beaver pond to chasing away bears to a wolf cub’s first adorable howl, these trail cameras create a full picture of wolves in the national park.
Wolf Seen Near Yosemite
For the first time in about 100 years, a gray wolf was seen in California near Yosemite National Park.
According to SFGate, the wolf, called OR-93, traveled from Oregon in early 2021. He is now located in Mono Country, just east of the national park. There have only been 16 wolves documented in the entire state over the past 100 years. Before this, the farthest the species had been spotted south was in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
He likely traveled so far in search of a mate or brand new territory.
Whatever the reasons, it’s an exciting development for the state of California and wildlife lovers. It’s unclear exactly what path the animal will take in the future.