Just how close can you get to a wild wolf? These guys stay far away from me when I am out in the woods of northern Kanabec County (Ford Township). I might catch a glimpse of a wolf once every three or four years. But my game cameras are out there in their territory 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, just waiting for something to walk by and take a pcture. So here are some very close up views of the wolves that I live with. All were taken within a mile of my cabin–some within sight of the cabin. I have hundreds of photos of wolves taken by my game cameras since wolves moved into my area around 2010. But most were taken at night by infrared light, and are in black and white. These are daylight shots and in color. These wolves were within 10 feet of my camera, and some just a foot or two. – Tom Mortenson
Until about September 10, 2014, all of the wolves that my game cameras have photographed have been very gray colored. Then, first on September 10 and again twice on September 15, new tan colored wolves began to appear. These tan wolves are not related to the alpha pair that have been reproducing around my cabin since 2011. I will continue to monitor the wolves with my game cameras, but it is beginning to look like there is a new family in town, and because the packs are territorial, they may have displaced the gray pair.
I got these pictures yesterday morning when checking a game camera aimed at a now flooded beaver lodge. Wolves hunt and eat beaver–I see this often on my game cameras. They visit beaver lodges, including this one, frequently. I don’t know why they do–the beaver are secure within the lodge. But I am sure the wolves can smell the presence of beaver through the vent hole in the lodge and perhaps they hope to catch a foraging beaver on the riverbank. This male wolf is one of the new tan colored wolves that moved in last September. This picture was taken about 250 yards from my cabin, and about six hours before I visited my camera to see what the camera had photographed since I put it out two weeks ago. When I check the photos on the SD cards from any game camera, it is like opening Christmas presents. Always surprises. – Tom Mortenson