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Watch Entire Wolf Pack Roaming Minnesota Wilderness in 'Stunning' Footage

Newsweek logo Newsweek 1/20/2022 Robyn White
A stock image shows a pack of wolves. There are around 6 to 9 packs of wolf in the Voyageurs national park. © John Moore/Getty Images A stock image shows a pack of wolves. There are around 6 to 9 packs of wolf in the Voyageurs national park.

"Stunning" footage showing an entire pack of gray wolves traveling through the snowy Minnesota wilderness has been released by researchers at the University of Minnesota.

The extremely rare footage, which can be found here, was taken by a research group called the Voyageurs Wolf Project, which is run by the university.

It shows seven wolves in one frame as they traveled through a "remote and wild" part of Voyageurss National Park, Minnesota.

"Rarely do we get the entire pack in a one frame", they said in a Facebook post.

The footage, captured last fall, was found after the research group checked their trail camera supplies, which are set up around the park to keep an eye on the wolves living in the park.

In the video, the wolves can be seen traveling along the Cranberry Bay part of Voyageurs National Park, where snow covers the ground.

Some sniff the ground and forage before moving on and exiting the frame.

The Voyageurs Wolf Project said in the winter of 2020, this particular pack was only four wolves strong. The pack then had four pups in spring, 2021. The project said that this footage indicates that at least three of the pups have survived, if not all of them.


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"Three of wolves in the video definitely look like pups and maybe a 4th but hard to say," they wrote in the Facebook post.

"The lighter gray wolf is V083 who is the breeding male and the darker colored ear-tagged wolf is V084 the breeding female. Both wolves had collars on from 2019 until this fall when the collars dropped off."

Voyageurs National Park has a population of between 30 and 50 wolves, divided into six to nine packs. This has remained relatively unchanged since the 1990s.

The Voyageurs Wolf Project focuses on one of the "biggest knowledge gaps in wolf ecology," which is what wolves do during the summer. They do this by attaching GPS collars to the wolves and setting up trail cameras.

Throughout the winter, the gray wolves hunt as packs and kill large prey such as moose and deer, but once wolf pups are born in the spring, they become more solitary predators.

They typically then return to and from a den or another rendezvous site between bouts of hunting.

The gray wolf is native to North America. In 2019, a population survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources showed there were an estimated 2,699 wolves in the state.

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