By Rachel Tilseth

Strap on the snowshoes for a walk deep into the north woods. Listen for the sounds of the chickadee, the cackle of the raven and the crunch of fresh snow under your shoes. The cold fresh crisp air gives way to clear thoughts. Thoughts of wolves nearby. Sights of the first wolf track of the day brings excitement to ones weary mind. Wolves are rarely seen except for the signs they leave behind.

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(Tracking wolves during WI’s Wolf Recovery under protection of the Endangered Species Act as a WDNR Winter Wolf/Carnivore Tracker, photographs belong to Rachel Tilseth)