Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildlife
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is home to a very diverse population of wildlife.
Wildlife and signs of their presence are everywhere. From the tiniest mouse to the majestic moose, many of the inhabitants of these woods will play an important part in your Boundary Waters experience. With a few precautions the wildlife will add greatly to the memories of your vacation.
What Animals Might I See?
Although there are no guarantees as to what you may see, you won't go home disappointed. Bald eagles, osprey, and loons are some of the birds you can expect to see. Moose sighting are very common and you have a good chance of seeing beavers, otters, deer, bear, martens, fishers, weasels, mink, or foxes. Some of the more reclusive members of the forest community include the timber wolf, the bobcat, and the lynx.
Falling asleep to the howl of the wolf, or waking up to the shrill cry of the loon are experiences you will never forget. Take a camera, take lots of pictures, and take home memories of sharing this land with its year-round inhabitants.
What Precautions Do I Need To Take?
Most people are aware of the dangers posed by larger animals like the black bear, however, many people overlook the danger posed by the mouse! While it is always a good idea to hang your food pack, or pack your food in bear proof containers, it is equally important to take precautions against mice.
Some of the least liked inhabitants of these woods are the insects, in particular the flies and mosquitos. Black flies usually show up for a couple weeks during the spring season and then move on. Horse flies and deer flies can be particularly pesky on portage trails or any time you are not moving across the water. Mosquitos can be very thick and annoying, especially around dusk. Headnets and mosquito spray will go a long ways but mosquitos have been known to find any piece of exposed skin available. Setting up camp in a somewhat breezy location will keep you more comfortable while you are in camp.
Reader Input - Add Your Thoughts or Advice
Is there anything else we should know about the wildlife or the insects? How do you keep the insects away? Let's hear your tips and advice.
|Brent: Duct tape can be a very effective way to keep flies and mosquitos from biting your ankles. Simply tape your pants to your socks to prevent exposure of bare skin.
|Charlie: Dawn and dusk can be a great time so see the larger mammals that live in the park. Quietly patrol the shoreline and there's no telling what you will see.