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Sokoloff is a plant biologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature and has just returned from a three-week expedition charting the plants of several Arctic sites.

He was at Lake Hazen on Ellesmere Island when he woke up in the bright Arctic night and saw an Arctic wolf poking its head through his tent door.

“Just its face (came in), thank God,” he said.

“I took a picture because that’s the first thing you think of when a wolf comes into your tent. I started yelling at it. It’s 1:30 in the morning, so I’m waking up the rest of the camp.

“Troy (another biologist) hears this and he starts yelling at the wolf. And the wolf, instead of getting spooked, says, ‘Oh there are people over here too,’ and went over to Troy’s tent and proceeded to be curious.

“He came back to my tent and tore my vestibule in half. So I have to go back and see how MEC’s warranty really stands up to wolf incidents.” (MEC is Mountain Equipment Co-op.)


“It took us a little while to scare the wolf out of camp. He was just curious about what was happening. Not aggressive, just curious.”

It was about the size of a Labrador dog, he said. “Not super-big but certainly not something that you want to get comfortable with next to you.”
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