Two Years of Large Carnivores in Northern Minnesota

The amazing people at Voyageurs Wolf Project compiled almost two years of footage that showcases the incredible number of large carnivores who crossed through the protected land of Voyageurs National Park in Northern Minnesota.

This camera was out in the woods for almost 2 years (2021-2023) and here is the “highlight reel”! What makes this video particularly neat is that we got footage of virtually every large carnivore in northern Minnesota aside from the “black cougar” that some locals claimed to have seen and the famed but elusive ’squatch.

This “highlight reel” also shows the growth of individual animals over the two years.

The video is also a great comparison between the size difference of wolves and coyotes at different points in the year. Basically, while the wolves we study are generally on the smaller size (55-67 lbs), they are still much larger than coyotes.

2 Year Highlight Reel Voyageurs Wolf

The project which is part of the University of Minnesota, started out a cooperative project between Voyageurs National Park and Northern Michigan University that was formed to study the summer feeding habits and conservation of wild wolves. The project’s funding comes from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and through crowdsourcing.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.