Amy and Dave Freeman have seen several wolves during their more than five months in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness since late September. One interaction was particularly memorable.
The couple, traveling over the ice with toboggans pulled by three Alaskan huskies, was on Jackfish Bay of Basswood Lake.
“We saw an otter scampering across the lake …” Amy Freeman said. “It crossed our path, then turned around and started coming back toward us. As it turned, the dogs noticed it and went nuts and started trying to chase after it. … We were focused on slowing them down and getting them back on track.
“We looked to our left because we needed to correct our course, and saw, I think, five wolves. We sort of did a double-take because they were just lying out on the lake near an island, kind of in a bay. One was walking around a little.
“As we went past the point of this island, the wolves had seen us and were coming to check us out. They sort of wrapped around the point and followed our trail for a while, trying to catch a whiff of us, I imagine, to see what we were all about. That was really neat …”
The wolves didn’t continue to follow the Freemans and their dogs.
“They just sort of stuck to their spot,” Freeman said. “We thought maybe they had a recent kill or something, and they were all fairly lethargic. And it was a gorgeous, warm, sunny day, so they were out napping.”