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Here's the video to go along with the Wolf Lake Trip report. It really is a beautiful area and editing the video reminded me just how quiet and relaxing those 3 days were.
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Well 2015 was a really busy year, just not in a canoe tripping sense. It was so busy that I'm only now getting around to writing up the trip reports from 2014. This one was a 3 day trip into Wolf Lake on the Chiniguchi River in the southern part of Temagami.

http://www.loonislandoutdoors.com/TripReports/WolfLake/WolfLake.php

http://www.loonislandoutdoors.com/TripReports/WolfLake/thumbnails/Wolf%20Lake%20Panorama-1-6.jpg
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The sunset almost makes up for all the work.
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There seems to be a renewed concern about Lyme Disease this year with some good information floating around but also a lot more worry than I think is justified. Lyme Disease is a serious concern but in Ontario it is limited to a few very small areas.

Here are a couple of useful links if you are wondering where you would be at risk of being exposed to Lyme Disease bearing ticks:

1) The first is a map of Lyme Disease Risk Areas from Public Health Ontario. A risk area is defined as a 20km radius from where a deer tick has been found. The deer tick(s) found did not have to be infected with Lyme Disease, so while it is a good medical & biological definition of a risk area, the resulting areas shown are much larger than any know instance of Lyme Disease infected ticks in Ontario:

http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/Lyme_Disease_Risk_Areas_Map_2015.pdf

2) The second is a map of known locations where Lyme Disease has actually been found. This is from a Canada Communicable Disease Report and gives you a much better idea of where Lyme Disease is actually found.

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/14vol40/dr-rm40-05/dr-rm40-05-1-eng.php

From what I see in the CCDR report, the known areas where Lyme Disease exists in Ontario do not appear to have changed significantly since the early 1990's when I was working on a Lyme Disease research project at the University of Guelph.
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I'm loving getting updates from Scott through the #InReach. Whether it's an ongoing tally of how many lake trout or walleye he is catching after work, or letting me know that they had a really long day today and are now cooking porkchops on a rake over the fire, he's making me really jealous of summer he is having. 

(the picture didn't come through the InReach, but I heard about it the night he caught his first walleye :-) )
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Once I again I spent the summer living vicariously through my kids. I'm still jealous that Scott got to fly in the Turbo Beaver.
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We made it up to the cottage for a few days before Christmas. Wendy spotted this snowshoe hare while we were out for a hike. At first glance, it just looked like a small pile of snow left behind in the shade.

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When I was finishing my Wildlife Biology degree at the University of Guelph, one of our 4th year courses was Wildlife Management. I'll be honest, that course was pretty disappointing as the only take away it had was "don't bother". It would have been good if the course had focused on some of the ethical issues such as managing a potentially predatory bear.

You have probably heard about the hiker in Yellowstone who was killed by a grizzly this summer. That event raised a lot of emotions and opposition to the bear being euthanized. The decision the Park Superintendent had to make wasn't an easy one, but I believe it was the right one. This National Geographic article is the most rational discussion of the issue that I have seen so far. 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150820-grizzly-yellowstone-maul-wenk-blaze/
After a Yellowstone grizzly with cubs killed a hiker, the park’s chief faced an agonizing decision—whether to let the bear go free or put her down.
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Who needs a wood chipper when there are a couple of black bear around?

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Farmers and the province have agreed to rules for reduction that begins July 1, while the manufacturer maintains the controversial insecticide is safe.
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