What’s new at Ely wolf center?

The International Wolf Center in Ely has announced a new exhibit that will highlight American author and environmentalist Sigurd F. Olson. “The Sigurd Olson Legacy: Wilderness, Writing and Wolves Exhibit” is open now through Oct. 31 and features a re-creation of Olson’s famous writing shack outside his former Ely home.

Olson was one of America’s most beloved nature writers and most influential conservationists of the 20th century. Best known as the author of “The Singing Wilderness” and eight other books, Olson also played an important role in the preservation of a number of wilderness areas, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Through the exhibit, visitors will learn that Olson first agreed with the public’s disapproval of wolves and supported their extermination until he began work toward his master’s thesis in 1930. His thesis, “The Life History of the Timber Wolf and the Coyote: A Study in Predatory Animal Control,” is on display at the exhibit. Olson concluded in the thesis the proposal that Minnesota’s Superior National Forest be designated as a sanctuary for carnivores.

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