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The Friends of the Cloquet Valley State Forest is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of The Cloquet Valley State Forest and promote responsible enjoyment of this unique treasure.

Forum Sept 18
There will be a forum at Clyde Iron Works, Thursday Sept. 18 at 5 pm. We will discuss reducing mercury pollution in the St. Louis River. Its put on by Minnesota Environmental Partnership, with Friends of the Cloquet Valley, MCEA, Save Lake Superior, SOS Blue Waters, Water Legacy, the Izaak Walton League and others. Protect the St. Louis River! Learn about human health risks posed by mercury and what you can do about it.
The lands, lakes rivers and streams of Northern Minnesota which lay north of Duluth in the Clouqet Valley Sate Forest and in the Arrowhead are home to many people, plants and animals and serve the world in many ways. Exploring, protecting and learning about the Cloquet Valley State Forest and the Arrowhead is a wonderful pursuit. We hope you enjoy it.

 

MN Ecolibrary

 

Wolves - Its important to understand the reality of wolves. Most are not dangerous and its more likely you'll be harmed in an accident in your car or with a bee sting than by a wolf. Few wolf injuries have occured in the entire United States and most often problems with wolves happen when people enter their territory and when wolves are enticed near by pets, food and livestock. Like most of us, wolves go where the food is.

If you see a wolf you most likely have chosen to be in an area with wildlife. Therefore it makes sense to learn about wildlife and respect it.

There are plenty of good references. Wolves are far more at risk from people than people are from wolves. Be a protector, be a smart rural community member, learn to live with wildlife.

There are plenty of things to fear in the world, but in NE Minnesota, wolves are not one of them.

http://www.wolf.org/

Local residents own wolf dog hybrids in the CVSF and it is important to be certain what you are seeing. Hybrids have many of the behaviors of wolves and are habituated to humans. http://www.wolf.org/learn/basic-wolf-info/wolves-and-humans/wolf-dog-hybrids/

Wolf relationships with deer populations are not as simple as one might think. http://www.uky.edu/OtherOrgs/AppalFor/Readings/leopold.pdf

http://www.aldoleopold.org/greenfire/about.shtml

 

From the International Wolf Center: Resources for Living with Wolves

Tips

Do not feed wolves

Feed all pets indoors, leave no food outdoors

Garbage should be disposed of in cans with tight lids

Do not feed wildlife: wildlife including birds are prey and feeding them will attract wolves.

Don't leave pets on chains or ropes or leads unattended.

Pets left in a kennel should be in a COVERED kennel

Motion Sensor lights can function as a deterrant

Do not feed wolves, do not entice wolves to come close nor approach them. Leave them room to escape. Do not allow a wolf to come close to you. If a wolf seems fearless or comes closer or growls or snarls throw an object at it, yell, raise your arms and wave them in the air. Back away.

http://www.wolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Living-With-Wolves.pdf

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-1795.2010.00368.x/full

 

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