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Wolf V057 & V059: long distance travelers

A map showing the movements of Wolves V057 (white line) and V059 (purple line). Both wolves were collared near Voyageurs National Park but shortly thereafter headed into northern Canada, where they came into contact with each other.

What are the odds that two lone wolves from Voyageurs National Park would wander north a couple hundred miles into the vast Canadian wilderness and somehow end up in the same place at the same time?

Here are the travel paths of Wolf V057 and wolf V059 that were collared in and around Voyageurs National Park in Spring 2018. V057 and V059 left the Voyageurs area on April 4, 2018 and April 23, 2018, respectively, and both dispersed a couple hundred miles north into Ontario, Canada. 

A zoomed in map showing the movements of Wolves V057 (white line) and V059 (purple line) when they reached the northern portion of their travels. This map shows where they came into contact with each other.

The wolves were not associated in anyway during spring or summer, which means they did not travel north together and they were not from the same pack in Voyageurs prior to heading north. Yet somehow in August they came into contact with one another. The two wolves spent time in the same general area for about 1-2 weeks before they went their separate ways.

In total, V057 and V059 traveled 1,206 and 1,388 miles, respectively, from April to October and as far as we know the wolves are still wandering around in search of an open territory and a mate.

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