Wolf Tracking In Wisconsin

mg_33912.jpg?w=200 Front track of an adult Wisconsin wolf.

Just home from a week and a half of adventuring in northern Wisconsin where I participated in a collaboration between Teaching Drum Outdoor School and Wilderness Awareness School on Wisconsin Wolf Tracking Expedition, joined by former Wilderness Awareness School Instructor and founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School, David Scott. Teaching Drum hosted the program which was held very close to the School’s home base near the town of Three Lakes, Wisconsin.Despite unseasonably warm conditions on several of the days and a lack of fresh snow for the first half of the class, snow conditions allowed us to peice together some amazing stories about the wolves of the region and the other wildlife that share the North Woods with them.

mg_3410.jpg?w=300 My coinstructor, and founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School, David Scott, inspects the recent scent marking activity of a wolf under a large hemlock tree just off of a forest service road in the Nicolet National Forest.

 

img_00082.jpg?w=300 David Scott and Teaching Drum staff member Chris Bean discuss the home range of the Giant Pine Pack which the class spent several days tracking.
mg_3430.jpg?w=300 Prior to the start of the program, Teaching Drum founder Tamarack Song took David Scott and I out to visit the folks participating in the rigorous 11 month long Wilderness Guides Program.
mg_34402.jpg?w=300 The participants in the Wilderness Guides Program invited us into their sleeping shelter, where they are weathering the snow and subzero temperatures of northern Wisconsin in relative comfort.
mg_3448.jpg?w=300 The outside of their winter quarters.
mg_3480.jpg?w=300 Tamarack Song looks on as one of the Guides in training works an elk hide on the frozen lake by their winter camp.
mg_3548.jpg?w=200 Tracks of a fisher bounding into the forest. Fisher sign was relatively common in many of the locations I visited while in the area.
mg_3584.jpg?w=300 Participants in the Wolf Tracking Expedition inspect the scat left behind by a large fisher.
mg_3663.jpg?w=200 Front track of a wolf found on the program.
mg_3641.jpg?w=200 Conservation Biologist and wolf researcher Ron Schultz shared tracking tips and stories from his years of field work capturing and collaring wolves in the area.
mg_3653.jpg?w=200 Teaching Drum staff member Leah Moss inspects a set of fisher tracks.
mg_3596.jpg?w=300 Tracker Randell Westfall inspects the cavity created by an excavated cache of deer meat made by a wolf.
img_0497.jpg?w=300 Wilderness Awareness School meets Teaching Drum in the North Woods.

 

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