Wolf trackers search for clues through Wisconsin Northwoods
EAGLE RIVER (WAOW)—Learning to track wolves through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is a "dream come true" according to tracker-in-training Cindie White.
"For me it's knowing the wolf is nearby, I can feel the energy; touching and seeing places he's been and knowing he's here" White told Newsline 9.
A native of northern California, White is among a small group people who recently completed a five-day immersion course through northern Wisconsin learning wolf-tracking skills. The course included first-hand instruction in the forests with experienced animal trackers associated with Teaching Drum Outdoor School, 7124 Military Road, Three Lakes, Wis.
On the morning of the group's third day of the course, five trackers uncovered a line of wolf tracks east of Eagle River, Wis. inside the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Though visual or audio evidence of the wolf was never uncovered, the trackers discovered clues left by what they identified as a lone wolf.
"The wolf was either excited or fearful; it wasn't a typical pattern for the wolf to be in. You could just feel the power and speed coming from these tracks" Derik Gulbro, a tracker-in-training from Minneapolis, Minn. said.
Noticing the depth, angle and size of the prints made, the group said it indicated the wolf was running very fast. Considering the pattern made, they believe the wolf to be in retreat as a pack of wolves hunts it.
"Just all these little things, little nuances and details have been really neat to learn about" Gulbro said.
Spending time outdoors tracking the pattern and behavior of wolves is a positive change of pace according White.
"I'm more at peace and more of my authentic self than when I'm in that mainstream environment" she said.