First Wolf Howl convoy to depart tonight

By paNOW Staff
August 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

The dog days of summer provide people an opportunity to interact with one of the most secretive animals within the Prince Albert National Park.

The Prince Albert National Park will begin hosting their Wolf Howl convoys tonight.

The Summer Interpretive Program allows people to call, listen and respond to the howls of wolves within the Prince Albert National Park. Aug. 4 marks the first time the tours will depart for the season.

“This is the time of year when pups are old enough to be left alone at rendezvous spots while the adult wolves go off hunting,” Park Heritage Interpreter Colleen Gerwing said. “The pups and adults call to one another to stay in touch… if we make a wolf call to them, either group might answer back.”

According to a release from the National Park, August and September’s earlier sunsets make for a dark, dramatic adventure for some. Participants follow a marked park van in their own vehicles into a secluded area in the forest for the event.

It’s estimated between 60 and 100 grey wolves roam the parks boundaries.

Some of those grey wolves bear GPS collars, which allows biologists and conservationists to understand the wolf pack territories and how they interact with bison in and near the park.

The interpretive session has been running in Waskesiu since 1972. Those interested in participating can meet at the tipi near the visitors centre.

“Even if we don’t hear any wolves, people get to experience the sounds of the forest and see what the night sky looks like without light pollution,” Gerwing said.

The convoy is weather dependant; potential participants are encouraged to contact the visitors centre for any schedule changes.

 

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