This comes from the National Post about a new fad in which “…the hunters become the hunter in Algonquin Park as packs of tourists race around the woods to catch a glimpse of the lupine.”
Wolf howling expeditions take place only on Thursdays in August, or in September before Labour Day, when weather and accessible wolves permit. We have a slide talk on wolf ecology and our changing perceptions of this elusive animal; event protocol is provided; and then we travel by car (on rare occasions, we walk) to a place where wild wolves may answer the imitations given by the Naturalist staff.
According to the Post article, “one August” this activity was once picked up by NORAD as an unidentified – something – that warranted a closer look.
Security personnel stared at their computer screens wondering what on Earth they were looking at. They called Canadian defence headquarters in Ottawa. Everyone breathed easier when they learned it was a cavalcade of 500 cars moving bumper-to-bumper through Algonquin Park on a wolf howl.
I’m not sure I believe that account. (Did NORAD confirm this?) But perhaps it happened that way. It makes a good story, doesn’t it?
Here’s more about actual wolf howls from PBS’s Nova.
Are there wolves where you live? When do you hear their howls?