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Northern Wilds September 2017


The Wolves Around Us

In the Northern Wilds, wolves are our neighbors. They are found everywhere on the landscape, including around the edges of urban areas such as Duluth and Thunder Bay. They appear in backyards and along roadsides. While they mostly avoid people, it isn’t unusual to see a wolf. You just can’t predict when and where such a sighting may occur.

Although they were extirpated across the rest of the Lower 48 during the 20th century, wolves have always been here. In Minnesota, they were placed on the federal Endangered Species List in 1974, where despite efforts to recognize a successful population recovery and delist them, they remain. Ironically, immediately across the border in Ontario, wolves have long been actively pursued by trappers and hunters. By all accounts a healthy population presently exists on both sides of the border.

Irony, conflict and controversy define human interaction with wolves. Revered by some and reviled by others, the wolf seems to be defined more by individual human perception than scientific reality. Too often, the prism through which we view the wolf is colored by emotion and pre-conceived notions, creating essentially a political animal. But out in forests of the Northern Wilds, the wolf remains simply a wolf.

In this issue, we’ve sent our writers in search of the wolves of reality and human perception. They sought out biologists, bureaucrats, natives, the keepers of the captive wolf pack at the International Wolf Center, photographers, hunters, dog owners and others, all with different prisms through which they view the animal. What emerges is a fairly complete picture of the modern wolf. Yet, we repeat, throughout time the wolf in the woods hasn’t changed. The modern wolf, if indeed such a creature exists, is the product of human perception.

In this issue we also celebrate September, among the finest months of the year. It is a time of change, with the onset of autumn, the start of school and the culmination of harvest. It is also a month of music, art and festivals as you’ll discover in our Events section. In fact, the line-up of entertainment and events offered across the region this month is exceptional.

This is also a month for finding local foodstuffs in restaurants and markets. Maren Webb explores the various way local foods move from farm to table. Julia Prinselaar shows us how to incorporate wild ingredients into cocktails and mocktails. Jack Hennessy explains how to transform a northern pike into a tasty salad. Elle Andra-Warner explores some little-known Duluth aviation history. An early airplane, the Lark of Duluth, gave excursion rides from the Duluth Boat Club, because there were no landing strips in the city over 100 years ago.

We are offering a new contest, Date Night in Thunder Bay. The winner will receive a two-night stay at the Marriott, dinner for two at one of the local restaurants participating in Northern Delights Harvest, tickets to a Thunderwolves hockey game and a behind the scenes tour of the Magnus Theatre. Click Here to enter.Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt

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Northern Wilds July 2017


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