Within Voyageurs National Park there are approximately six to eight wolf packs and a total of 35-45 wolves. Lone wolves, such as the one in this photo, make up about 15% of the total populations of wolves in the park.
This white-tailed deer was recently killed by wolves. White-tailed deer are the primary food source for wolves, especially during the winter. Wolves will also sometimes eat moose, beaver, snowshoe hare, and other small mammals.
Wolves usually hunt in packs, which consists of a dominant male and female and other non-breeding adults and young. Pack sizes vary based on the availability and size of the prey. An average pack in Voyageurs National Park is three to five wolves.
Timber wolves can survive on five to six pounds of meet per day. They live a feast and famine lifestyle and will go without food for days. When they do eat, they can digest up to 22 pounds of food at one time.