Hidden Cameras Capture The Lives Of Wolves Over Summer

The Voyageurs Wolf Project captured footage and behaviors of wolves in Minnesota over the summertime.

While there has been extensive research on wolves, most has been focused on their winter behaviors and very little has explored wolves over the summer.

The Voyageurs Wolf Project hopes to change that, as its mission is to understand “the summer ecology of wolves in and around Voyageurs National Park” in Minnesota.

Photo: Max Pixel

It seems their latest footage may help them do just that.

Using hidden cameras and GPS trackers, the organization has been able to learn more about the wild canines, their behaviors, diet, and life over the entire year.

While wolves stick together in a pack over the winter to hunt large prey, during spring, they become more solitary. As pups are born, the wolf pack disperses a bit.

Photo: flickr/Eric Kilby

Over the summer, wolves rely on smaller game, like fawns and beavers, for food. After killing their prey, they return to their dens to eat.

Thanks to the GPS tracking done by the Voyageurs Wolf Project, researchers now know just how variable a wolf’s diet really is over the summer months. While in winter they rely largely on meat, summertime offers a bit more variety.

The organization spent an entire year recording and tracking these animals and published a 15-minute clip of footage compiled from the year.

Photo: YouTube/Voyageurs Wolf Project

In the footage, which was taken on a game trail in Minnesota, you can observe not only wolves over the year but all of the other animals that use the trail as well.

The filming took place between June 2019 and August 2020 and captured wolves, bears, moose, deer, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, and more.

Check it out for yourself in the video below:

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