Caribou Transported to Slate Islands

I wrote a previous blog about the caribou on Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior. The herd has been decimated by wolves since they crossed an ice bridge from the mainland of Ontario.  Many feared the caribou would be eliminated by the wolves resulting in no more Lake Superior Caribou. Organizations pressured the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to intervene in order to save the herd. The Ministry has responded, too slowly according to some, by transporting caribou to the Slate Islands where there are no wolves.

They transported seven caribou over the weekend and planned to transport more this week. I haven’t heard if they did indeed transfer more yet or not. I’m hoping the caribou do well on the Slate Islands and the Ministry transports a few to another island just in case wolves make it out to the Slate Islands.

I’m not sure how I feel about the human intervention but I know I hate to see any animal population eliminated. We’ve got plenty of wolves roaming the woods but I’ve never seen a caribou in the wild.

Here’s an article with more information and one from the New York Times.

 

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Great Afternoon for a Cross-Country Ski

It was a beautiful afternoon for a ski. The trees flocked with snow, temperature in the teens, warm sun and all was perfect.

Pincushion Trail

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Illgen Falls Frozen

A quick stop at Illgen Falls showed us what we thought we would see. A frozen waterfall!

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Harvesting Ice

It’s been a few years since I helped with ice on Saganaga. On the Canadian side of the lake the resorts would harvest their own ice to use during the summer. Last year Cassidy and Matt went to help Ryan and Tessa with their ice harvest. They did things a little bit differently but it was basically the same process. When I helped we didn’t cut all of the way through the ice. A thin layer was left and after all of the squares were removed a small hole was punched through in order to let water seep in to make more ice. I can’t remember if it was a safety thing so folks wouldn’t go through the ice or if it was some other reason. Anyone know?  It’s an experience in any case.

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Snow Coverage this Winter

We feel fortunate to have a good amount of snow on the ground. It looks like we aren’t the only ones who have snow!

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Cross-Country Ski Trails in Tip-Top Shape

The trails are calling, can you hear them?

photo courtesy of Sugarbush Trail Association

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Saganaga Lake Boundary Waters Trip

Layne Kennedy shared this video of his Boundary Waters Canoe trip on Saganaga this past summer. His dog Mazzie is the star. It sure makes me long for those summer days in the BWCA.

Mazzie Goes Camping from Layne Kennedy on Vimeo.

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Moose Reminisce

I was going through some of my photos the other day and found these. Moose are such magnificent creatures and it’s always a treat to see them on the Gunflint Trail. I could watch them for hours.

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Catching Fish in the Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters FishingIt’s fun to catch fish in the Boundary Waters. It’s even more fun when you get to pull them up through a hole in the ice. Do you ever wonder who came up with the idea to ice fish? I’m always amazed at the ability to drill a hole, drop a line and catch a fish. When the lakes are liquid you can move around from place to place quite easily but in the winter it isn’t so easy. You choose your spot and invest time in drilling a hole because you can’t use a power auger in the BWCA. It isn’t too bad drilling a hole at the beginning of the winter but when the ice gets thicker it becomes much harder work. These brothers make catching fish in the winter look easy.

Nice catch Matt and Ryan!

 

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Gunflint Mail Run Fun

Matt, Cassidy and Joe worked  a couple volunteer road crossing shifts for the Gunflint Mail Run sled dog race this past weekend. The last team didn’t get to their checkpoint until after 2AM so they had a short night of sleep in their toasty tent. Kudos to all of the volunteers who made the race possible and of course the mushers and dogs too.

 

 

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