If you’re looking to spot a wolf on the North Shore, there are a couple things you should know. Encounters with wolves can occur throughout any time of the year, but the most frequent encounters happen during the late winter months. This happens for a couple of reasons, one being that the deep snow inland keeps the deer that they prey on near Lake Superior's shore. Another, and maybe the most important reason, is Lake Superior freezes over and enables the wolves to stalk their prey out onto the ice for an easier kill.
Wolves actually use the ice to their advantage when hunting deer, surrounding them along the shoreline and eventually forcing them out onto the ice.
Often people see flocks of ravens surrounding the carcass of the deer, picking at the remains of what the wolves left behind. If not on the ice, many motorists on Highway 61 have spotted wolves late at night preying on the roadkill that was left behind.
If you're interested in seeing a wolf, be sure to be outside around dawn, as this is their most busy time of day. Then, walk down to a piece of Lake Superior shoreline that isn’t visible from Highway 61 and keep your eyes peeled. Make sure to bring a pair of binoculars because you will want to keep your distance. Also, dress warmly with plenty of layers, and if you’re not lucky enough to encounter a wolf, you’ll at least get to witness the beauty of a North Shore sunrise.