2022-2023 Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem Wolf Pack and Population Size Report
October 27, 2023
During April 2022-April 2023, we estimated the area of 8 wolf pack home ranges/territories and estimated the size of 20 wolf packs based on an average of 11.7 independent observations of each pack at the estimated size (i.e., the number of wolves we determined were in a given pack). In total, we recorded 606 observations of 2 or more wolves traveling together during the winter survey period. The 2022-2023 survey effort was the most intensive survey effort to date in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem, Minnesota (Fig. 1). Further, this year marks the 4th consecutive year of a sustained, intensive effort to collect data on more wolf packs, obtain better estimates of pack size, and understand the wolf population of the GVE in more detail.
Author(s): Thomas Gable, Austin Homkes, and Joseph Bump