Three wolves of the Nashata Pack in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota were spotted frolicking and playing during a recent snow storm.

It appears that a perfectly-placed trail cam was used to capture the footage.

Voyageurs National Park, located in northern Minnesota, is home to a thriving population of wolves. They are one of these most documented and researched pack. Many discoveries and information have come from studies and findings on this pack.

Wolves are often thought of as fierce predators, but they also have a playful side especially when it comes to snow. Wolves are native to cold climates and are well-adapted to life in the snow.

Their thick fur coats, large paws, and powerful legs help them to get through deep snow, and their strong instincts for hunting and play make them natural athletes. When the snow starts to fall, wolves are often the first to take advantage of the white blanket that covers their habitat.

When they play in the snow, they often run and jump with abandon, chasing each other, playing with sticks and other objects, digging, and rolling around in the snow.

Here’s more information about what The Voyageurs Wolf Project was able to deduce from the video. It’s actually very telling about the health and status of the Nashata Pack:

Checked a camera on Saturday and realized we got some dynamite footage of the Nashata Pack!

Here is a snippet for some Monday morning zen…enjoy a few moments of a couple wolves being wolves in a snowstorm!

Aside from the footage being pretty cool, it is also quite informative for understanding the size and composition of the Nashata Pack.

The Nashata Pack appeared to be down to 3 wolves by late summer this year, and we did not get footage of any pups. The female, however, clearly was pregnant in April and then was nursing in late April/May.

So the pack certainly had pups but it appears none made it. Unfortunately, we don’t know why or even how many pups they had.

The video also lets us determine pack composition: the first wolf in the video is the breeding female (she is very distinctive!), the second wolf is a subordinate female (you can see her parts so to speak!), likely a pup born in 2021, and the last wolf is the breeding male who is a bigger light gray wolf.


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