The team at Voyageurs Wolf Project from northern Minnesota have just captured the first-ever footage from a wild wolf’s collar. This equipment was fitted on the animal last spring to capture 30-seconds of video at the start of every hour for 42 consecutive days. In all, it recorded over four hours of the wolf devouring fish, watching birds, strolling through the woods, and most important of all, getting several good sleeps. Read more for the video and additional information.
Researchers discovered that animal’s fishing activity was “fascinating” to say the least because previously they had only documented wolves from a single pack hunting fish at the creek. This footage provides insight into the genesis and persistence of unique predation behaviors in wolf populations. Aside from fishing, the wolf was active for a couple hours in the day and then they sleep, so that was took up a lot of the footage.
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What is particularly fascinating is that this wolf (V089, a lone wolf) knew how to hunt and catch fish. He can be seen eating three different fish, which were all killed and consumed at the same spot along the Ash River. This footage clearly demonstrates that other wolves in our area know how to hunt fish and they do so in different areas,” said the Voyageurs Wolf Project.
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— Voyageurs Wolf Project (@VoyaWolfProject) April 12, 2021