I received this note from Shari Baker at Gunflint Pines Resort on the Gunflint Trail north of Grand Marais today about the loss of their family dog:
“With heavy heart, we must report that we lost Sota early this morning. We will
miss her greatly. She was a major part of our life here at the Gunflint Pines
Resort. She was the camp greeter and often could be found opening the door to
run out and greet the next guest as they arrived.
“She often guided guests on hikes to Lonely lake or High Cliffs. Many a guest
would start off hiking only to find her flushing the path in front of them and
waiting at the intersections to be sure they were on the right path. But many
a guest would also come back without her, distraught, only to have us ask how
long they were hiking. We knew that if they had taken a short hike, she had found
others to hike with before coming home. She was an excellent bird dog,
squirrel or chipmunk chaser and mouser. She was smarter than and had more
grace than many humans (I swear!) and was nothing but loving to everyone.
Sota was 11 years old and had a good life. She was loved and adored by many
children who returned each year only to ask where she was so they could pet
“Sadly we feel we must also tell you that she was killed by wolves. At 3 a.m. this
morning, she had to go to the bathroom. Within minutes we heard them. We quickly
dressed and scared them off. It was too late. This happened within 30 feet of
the building. It is a testament to the severity of the wolf situation. We
understand that this was always a possibility and that the wolves are just
trying to survive. We also know there are those out there who will criticize
us for even mentioning the wolf situation, but those who do not live here
have no idea how large the population is.
“We used to have a deer herd of roughly 100 on the south shore of Gunflint Lake.
This year I have seen fewer than four. Please understand that we also love the
wolves and appreciate their need for balance in nature, but our position has
and always been and will remain this: If you are going to manage the moose, deer, small
game, etc., populations, you must also manage the wolf population. There is no
longer a balance in our area. The wolves are beginning to become desperate.
How long before they begin starving and become aggressive?
“Rest in peace Sota. Many will miss you!”