Along the Shore
Northern Wilds reader Casie Wiese took photos of her recent North Shore waterfall adventure, which included an amazing ice bridge that formed over the Cross River waterfall in Schroeder.
This Cross River waterfall is one of the most accessible on the North Shore, because you can almost reach out and
Duluth—If you are out and about the Superior National Forest in the next several weeks and smell smoke, it very likely is a signal that fire crews are working to improve habitat for native wildlife and plants, to prepare sites for planting, or to reduce the threat of wildfire
The long asked question of whether cougars exist in northwestern Ontario may have been answered.On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Mandi Weist, of Thunder Bay, and three of her friends, were driving on the Boreal Road on their way to do some target practice in a gravel pit. They saw a van pulled over on the side of the road and stopped to check on them. Weist and friends inquired if the folks in the van were ok. They answered, “Yes, we are just looking at the mountain lion.” Weist and her friends piled out of their jeep to see a cougar partially frozen into some snow. “We were shocked” said Weist, of the find. “We had driven by the spot before and assumed it was a deer dead in the snow.” Knowing it was an extremely rare find, Weist and company loaded the dead cougar onto their vehicle and brought it into Thunder Bay. Weist contacted the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) via online service and got a confirmation number for the dead cougar.
They had also been talking to taxidermist Dan Cavicchiolo and decided to bring the cat to Boreal Tales Taxidermy on Hwy 61, south west of Thunder Bay.“It definitely is a cougar,” said Cavicchiolo. “Full grown male cougar. “ Cavicchiolo said the animal had long claws and good teeth, but was emaciated. “It was in really bad shape when I skinned it. Very thin,” he said. “It weighed about 80 pounds, but it was all skin and bones. It seems like it died of natural causes.” Cavicchiolo removed between 50 and 75 porcupine quills from the cougars shoulder and nose, but there were none in its mouth. The day after they found the cougar, Weist took an OMNRF conservation officer to the site where they found the animal. Weist said the CO told them they could not keep any part of the animal because it is endangered in Ontario, and therefore not legal to have. Weist said she was told the animal would be displayed for educational purposes.
By Chuck Viren
What happens when four geezers, aged 54-65, attempt to hike the third most difficult trail in Ontario?
Quite a bit of pain, and a lot of gain.
In early August, my wife Kathy McClure, friends Kevin Wallace and Phil Deering, and I boarded Keith McCuaig’s 30-foot custom built water taxi for a ride to the end of the Coastal Hiking Trail at Pukaskwa (pronounced Puck-a-saw) National Park in Ontario. For the next five days,
Leo spoils family selfie on Oberg Mountain, 2013. | ERIC CHANDLER
My kids and I have walked many miles together in the Northern Wilds. So, instead of lecturing you, I’ll let them take the floor first.
- Sam’s advice: “Pack a lunch and snacks that you like.”
I would even suggest pure bribery to include candy and chocolate.